Workforce development efforts in CT continue with new education policy law

Governor Ned Lamont signs bill at Capital Community College
The bill Governor Ned Lamont signed while at Capital Community College in Hartford builds on his ongoing efforts to support job growth in Connecticut through education policy improvements. Photo credit Daniela Doncel/WTIC

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio)—Connecticut has adopted a new law that makes several changes to education policy to help improve educational and workforce development opportunities in the state.

Governor Ned Lamont signed legislation that builds on his ongoing efforts to support job growth in the state.

Among many provisions, the new law has two key provisions that, state officials say, improve equity in education and post-secondary education outcomes.

The law implements changes that improve access to advanced courses for high school students and to get college credit, such as AP, IB and ECE courses.

With the law, school districts are also now required to adopt policies that will improve completion rates for FASFA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in order to encourage students to enroll and complete post-secondary education.

"My goal is that all high school graduates in Connecticut should be prepared for and have the opportunity to attend high-quality, post-secondary programs, and the provisions of this legislation will make that goal a reality for more of our students," Governor Ned Lamont said in a statement.

These efforts will help close the "skills gap" and improve the chances for young people to have a meaningful career in Connecticut, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said.

While at Capital Community College for the bill signing ceremony, the governor also announced the launch of the Capital Area Tech Partnership, the state's first regional sector partnership.

With over 50 technology companies taking part in the initiative, the state will be able to offer more workforce development opportunities, particularly in IT, AI and the tech industry, officials said.

"With thousands of IT job openings, there is a sense of urgency by the state of Connecticut to engage target populations and accelerate access to opportunities that translate to high-quality jobs," Connecticut's Chief Workforce Officer Kelli-Marie Vallieres said.