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Connecticut Career Resource Network

Program Goals and Emphasis

The primary focus of Connecticut’s Career Resource Network (CCRN) is to coordinate, enhance and deliver career and occupational information in a variety of formats useful to its customers.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Major industries include manufacturing, including transportation equipment, machinery and electronics; financial services, including insurance and investment services; health services; and pharmaceutical research and development. Bioscience and information technology are emerging, high-growth fields.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 4.6%, as compared to 4.9% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Insurance & Financial
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Advanced Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Bioscience & Pharmaceutical

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• CCRN staff participated in the Legislative Career Advisory Committee that researched and promoted career ladder programs to address workforce shortages. They also participated in the Advisory Committee for the Workforce Education Initiative, which was designed to help adult education meet skill needs and to develop a workforce education system responsive to business and labor market demands.

• CCRN publicizes and promotes the Connecticut Department of Labor's new mobile career center, which has state-of-the-art telecommunications equipment, high-speed Internet access, computer workstations and a conference area. The Career Express provides career assistance to students, job seekers, employers and community groups wherever needed in Connecticut.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Connecticut has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Video Project
• Connecticut Workforce Demands and the Implications for Education Presentations
• Job & Career Connection/Education & Training Connection (Functions as a CIDS)
• Supply/Demand Analysis
• Northeast Career Resource Network Meetings
• Connecticut Learns and Works Annual Conference
• Updating of Licensed Occupations Information

Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools5
Middle Schools 50
High Schools 100
Community Colleges 12
4-Year Colleges/Universities 35
Other 125

Primary Resources

Connecticut has published the following resources:
• Connecticut Workforce Demands and the Implications for Education
• CCRN Update Newsletter
• Soaring to New Heights Connecticut Job Outlook by Training Level
• Career Tabloid – Connecticut Career Paths

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• Connecticut Department of Labor
• Connecticut Department of Education
• Career Counselors
• Community Colleges
• Connecticut Department of Higher Education
• Adult Education
• Local Workforce Investment Boards
• State University System
• Community Organizations

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Carol Bridges
Connecticut CRN Program Manager
Connecticut Department of Labor
200 Folly Brook Boulevard
Wethersfield, CT 06109-1114
Phone: (860) 263-6258
Fax: (860) 263-6263
e-mail: [email protected]
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State Administrative Location

Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Research

Regional Contact Information