Connecticut Offers "New Collar" Careers for Industrious Youth

There is a wide gap between the skillsets needed in today’s manufacturing, tech and healthcare industries and the number of well-trained people ready and eager to step into these jobs. Connecticut high school students considering their futures may not be aware of the full range of opportunities and choices available to them — or the possibilities to lead financially successful, satisfying lives that these careers can provide. Training is key, but the traditional 4-year college degree is not necessarily the only path.

With the help of our generous supporters, Connecticut Public is telling these stories of up-and-coming young talent in our new video series, Making the Future and Getting to Work. And hear from local experts in the original program, Life Lessons: New Collar Jobs. 

Connecticut Public is a participant in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s “American Graduate: Getting to Work” initiative to help highlight pathways to graduation and opportunities for career growth for America’s young people.

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  • Arthur G. Russell Co.

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  • Pratt & Whitney

Getting to Work

Exploring Local Opportunities

In Connecticut, there are extensive opportunities available to 18-25 year-olds for middle-skill, springboard jobs in industries that are specifically of high demand throughout the state. Connecticut Public is joining this national conversation by showcasing these industries and positions. We're showing “what” individuals are doing, as well as “how” and “why” young professionals are selecting careers in this evolving market.

"Working It Out"

"Working It Out"

Recent data shows job opportunities in the manufacturing industry are growing, but employers in the field are struggling to find employees.

This project, produced by Connecticut Public Learning’s Media Lab interns, is an effort to identify specific reasons causing the gap between people and placement in the manufacturing industry.