Regional Collaboration Proves To Be National Model Eastern CT Receives Award For  “Outstanding Achievement In Partnership”

Regional Collaboration
Proves To Be National Model
Eastern CT Receives Award For 
“Outstanding Achievement In Partnership”
The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) representing 550 Workforce Development Boards and their 12,000+ business members, has announced that the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) and the region’s Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative (MPI) have been selected to receive the 
“Outstanding Achievement in Partnership” award. The recognition as a region is for “demonstrating exceptional collaboration in working together to advance the future of workforce development.”  Click here to read the full press release.

The MPI is a workforce development program created and managed by the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) in concert with over 30 other state and regional stakeholders. MPI partners include: CTDOL, Job Center partners, employers, organized labor, colleges, economic development, Veterans, high schools, technical schools, community action, and others.  The program is designed to raise the baseline of our labor force’s competencies to align with skills that are in-demand by manufacturers.  The core element of the MPI is high-rigor, skills training classes with curriculum designed by employers. The strong engagement from General Dynamics/ Electric Boat Div. and the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA), a ~70 member consortium of manufacturers designed the curriculum which is a critical attribute to the program’s success.  
“The MPI is an outstanding program that is paving the way for workforce development and training. Our Board is proud of this national recognition,” said EWIB Chairman Chris Jewell.  “If you or someone you know is interested in learning about participating in the MPI, including being a business who hires graduates from the program, I encourage you to visit  A short video is also available that provides a great overview of the program as well,” he added.

EWIB Chief Operating Officer Mark Hill stated, “The MPI has had a significant impact on our region’s jobseekers, employers, and community. In the past four years, the program has placed more than 1,500 individuals in jobs, much more than anticipated. This is a testament to the hard work of our staff and workforce partners.”
“We are humbled that U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (CT 2nd Dist.) will be accepting the award on the Manufacturing Pipeline consortium’s behalf.  Congressman Courtney along with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Sen. Chris Murphy (CT) have been tireless advocates for the Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative (MPI), drawing national attention ~ including visits by two U.S. Secretaries of Labor ~ to the program,” said EWIB President/CEO John Beauregard.

The award will be presented on March 23, 2020 in Washington, D.C. during NAWB’s Forum 2020 annual conference.


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