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February 25, 2013 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

Capital Workforce Partners hosts very successful Summer Youth Employment breakfast!

On Wednesday, February 20th Capital Workforce Partners in conjunction with the City of New Britain &  Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce: New Britain, Berlin hosted a special Summer Youth Employment Breakfast at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA. The event, with more than 50 individuals/employers in attendance, featured a short film and various speakers. 

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Mayor Timothy O’Brien, Superintendent Kelt Cooper, New Britain High School Principal Michael Foran, Tom Phillips, President of Capital Workforce Partners & Gerry Berthiaume of Capital Workforce Partners spoke on behalf of the program, it’s positive effect on the community’s youth and the need for it to continue.

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Perhaps one of the most touching moments of the morning was a brief speech given by Kael, a young New Britain resident, who was accepted into the Summer Youth Employment program just a year ago.  It was through this program that he began working for the well known grocery store chain Stew Leonard’s.

He thanked Capital Workforce Partners and the Summer Youth Program for his achievements today.  “I’ve become a working machine.  I have a purpose” Kael said.  Kael is now looking to enroll back into college and has also begun participating in programs at the Opportunities Industrialization Center of New Britain.

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If you are interested in becoming a Summer Youth Employer, there is still time to register!  For more information, please contact Gerry Berthiaume, Future Workforce Coordinator at 860.229.1665 extension 213 or email

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