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Small Business After Hours: Prepping Young People for Jobs


In his State of the Union address, President Obama issued a challenge:

"To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education and training that today’s jobs require. But we also have to make sure that America remains a place where everyone who’s willing to work hard has the chance to get ahead."

So, is Connecticut ready to educate its workforce...or is it poised to fall behind? Governor Dannel Malloy recently added $60 million in manufacturing aid to the state’s Small Business Express program - making it easier for small manufacturing businesses to get the help they need training and promoting their employees. But what about getting high schoolers and college students ready? 

Some say we have a troublesome split between academic and vocational training, and a similar disconnect between the jobs we need to fill and what we’re teaching in school. How much should an education teach kids about how to make a living? Or get them ready for a specific job?

Today, where we live, it’s our first “Small Business After Hours” event, recorded last Tuesday. We’re talking with a live audience about getting workers ready for jobs in the state, welcoming over 100 people into our building. We’re sharing food, drinks and conversation about challenges and opportunities for the small business community in Connecticut.

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