Workforce Readiness


Hartford Youth


Work Ready, a division of Career Resources, offers employment opportunities and career pathways in construction at no cost to eligible young adults living in Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, and East Hartford.  Young adults must be between the ages of 18-24 and interested in construction career opportunities.  

For more information: Markus Cherry, Director of Workforce Development, at

STRIVE Connecticut

A Work Ready Program

A unique three-week attitudinal job readiness course in a simulated work environment, emphasizing personal accountability; includes case management, job leads and two years of follow-up support.

Participants can now receive workforce training online and on demand.

Contact to learn more.

Fairfield County

Entry Point Staffing

Funded by Impact Fairfield County

Entry Point is the first-of-its-kind nonprofit staffing agency helping those formerly incarcerated find jobs with local businesses and organizations while continuing to offer full wrap-around support. In turn, businesses in the Fairfield County area find pre-vetted and experienced workers.

To learn more about Entry Point Staffing, visit their website by clicking the button below.

Fairfield County, virtual

Youth Career Advancement

funded by The Workplace

Youth Career Advancement (YCA) is a free, 8 week professional development program operated in partnership with CareerHub. This program focuses on enhancing career-and college-readiness in the 16-24 year-olds in the Greater Bridgeport area.

If you are interested in joining our next cohort of Youth Career Advancement, please contact our Supervisor of Youth and Literacy Programs, Richard Bourque, at

Alternatively, call 203-416-8487.


GED Testing

Licensed as a registered testing site through Pearson Vue, individual test takers can complete all four parts of the GED test at CRI, which includes Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. These tests are every Wednesday from 4-8pm and Friday from 9am-4pm at CRI headquarters.  

If you're interested in taking your GED exam at CRI, please: 

  1. Register for an account at using button below
  2. Take and pass the GED Ready practice test
  3. Schedule your test within 60 days of passing practice test 
  4. Make sure to select Career Resources as the testing location! 

Jobs First Employment Services

NW & SW AJC Services

CRI provides Jobs First Employment Services (JFES) case management services to the northwest and southwest regions. Program participants work with their Case Manager to develop an Individualized Employment Plan (IEP), including skill-building workshops, education and training programs and other activities geared towards obtaining and maintaining sustainable employment.

For information about JFES programs at Northwest AJC, contact Denise Babcock at

For JFES programs at Southwest AJC, contact Elizabeth Perez-Gonzalez at

Fairfield County, virtual

Everyone Works

SW AJC Services

Everyone Works is open to any jobseeker aged 18 or older with disabilities. Clients receive individualized counseling, job search assistance, and access to adaptive technology. There are no income or residency restrictions.

If you are interested in learning more about Everyone Works, contact Javier Santiago at


Platform 2 Employment

A Work Ready Program, funded by the workplace

Under our WorkReady team, Platform 2 Employment Reentry helps assist justice-involved citizens with work readiness and career development training. Training includes career-related tools, financial counseling, and other resources to secure employment.

If you are interested in being part of our Platform 2 Employment Reentry program, please contact our P2E Reentry Trainer, Ren Brockmeyer at

Fairfield County, virtual

ESL Program

SW AJC Program

Now running virtually, our ESL program is great to learn practical applications of English that will be useful no matter the situation. Learn the vocabulary you need for every day life. And, every lesson is tailored to the student's level, creating a seamless learning experience.

To enroll in our ESL program,please contact Odessa Lopez at

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Skills Remediation

Funded by The Workplace

CRI provides as needed online individualized tutoring services working on remedial math for clients enrolled in the Health Career Academy Program and who have an interest in Health Care programs such as Sterile Processing, Certified Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Tech, Medical Billing and Coding, and Dental Assisting.

For more information about our Skills Remediation program, please contact Richard Bourque at

Fairfield County

Digital Literacy Program

SW AJC Services

The Digital Literacy instructors at Career Resources will utilize online courses from Microsoft and GCFLearnFree to help you achieve your Digital Literacy goals.

For more information about how to join our Digital Literacy classes, please email Bill Tripodi at

New Haven

New Haven Reentry Program

A Work Ready Program

Join our WorkReady team in our New Haven Reentry Program which utilizes the proven STRIVE model to prepare jobseekers for the workforce. Participants must be 18+ and have prior justice involvement.

If you are a resident of New Haven and are interested in joining our Reentry Program, contact Jacqueline Evans at