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Work Learn Live - Main PhotoWork Learn Live - Main Photo When people talk about job searching in Connecticut, they often express the view that high-paying positions are hard to find and that entry-level jobs won't provide an adequate income due to the high cost of living in this state. Another common thread in the debate is that many companies are moving out of Connecticut and taking the jobs with them. Is this true? Think again.

work. learn. live. (Connecticut), a new 12-part, monthly television series airing on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), will examine the realities of the employment landscape in Connecticut.



 


Episode 1

In our first show, young adults from differing parts of the state and with differing backgrounds, share their experiences on the road to becoming model employees and students. It is our belief that we can learn much from these young people, each taking their own path to achieving the American dream, making it a reality. 

 


Episode 2

In this episode of Work. Learn. Live. Connecticut we will focus on the insurance and financial services arena and its role in maintaining and growing Connecticut's economy. We will hear from industry experts and local businesses in the insurance and financial services cluster as well as government and educational institutions about what they are doing to meet the workforce demands of this important sector of our economy. We will also speak with a few Connecticut residents about the success they have achieved landing a promising career in this growing field.


Episode 3

The third episode of work. learn. live. (Connecticut) will examine the workforce readiness of the health care industry in Connecticut. It will discuss the various shortages the industry faces and learn what the state of Connecticut as well as local colleges and universities are doing to meet the need of this growing field.


Episode 4

The fourth episode of work. learn. live. (Connecticut) will examine the workforce readiness of the manufacturing and medical device industry in Connecticut. We will discuss the various shortages the industry faces. The episode highlights what the State of Connecticut as well as local colleges and universities are doing to meet the need.


Episode 5

The fifth episode of work. learn. live. (connecticut) studies the workforce readiness of our cutting edge, innovative companies across the state. It will discuss the various workforce concerns the industry faces and learn what the state of Connecticut as well as local colleges and universities are doing to meet the need.


Episode 6

The sixth episode of “work. learn. live. ( connecticut)” looks at what’s being done to build a strong workforce in our state to keep businesses and employees competitive. Also, learn what you can do to build a great career, and what’s out there to help you land the perfect job.

 


Episode 7

From fuel cells and nanotechnology to pharmaceutical and biotech companies, Connecticut’s workforce is going strong. Connecticut’s workforce has always been its most strategic asset. It is what has driven the productivity gains, and inspired the innovation which allows us to compete in a global marketplace. It has been the single factor that has supported our quality of life in the state of Connecticut. Think Connecticut's workforce is a one-size-fits-all challenge? Think again.


Episode 8

The eighth episode of “work. learn. live. (Connecticut)” will examine the issues surrounding our urban schools and how Connecticut’s achievement gap affects our future work force. The latest episode looks at what’s being done to bridge the gap for our inner city school children and identify the new problems our major cities face when it comes to educating Connecticut’s poorest children for the 21 st century work place.


Episode 9

The ninth episode of “work. learn. live. (connecticut)”focuses on an unprecedented workforce challenge never experienced in our states history.  Nationwide there are 80 million baby boomers and only 40 million generation X and Y individuals, that’s a gap of almost 40 million people that companies are going to have to solve for. Additionally in Connecticut there has been a huge out migration of 18-34 years old while a third of the population is made up of baby boomers nearing retirement.  This episode examines what needs to be done to bridge the gap and keep Connecticut companies competitive on a global scale.


Episode 10

The tenth episode of "work.learn.live (connecticut)" focuses on Connecticut’s strong workforce. It has always been its most strategic economic asset. It is what has driven the productivity gains and inspired the innovation that allows us to compete in a global marketplace. It has been the single factor that has supported our quality of life in the state of Connecticut  – but the pool of prospective employees is changing drastically. Connecticut’s unprecedented demographic changes have left a major economic and workforce dilemma; there simply are not enough people to fill the jobs available.

Part of the problem can be solved by opening employment doors to populations that traditionally have been overlooked. This includes Connecticut’s disabled population.  Think workers with disabilities can’t contribute to the bottom line? Think again.


Episode 11

The eleventh episode of “work. learn. live. (connecticut)”  focuses on what some say is the largest contributor to the unprecedented workforce deficit in Connecticut, affordable housing. There has been a huge out migration of 18-34 year olds that we desperately need in our businesses.  Affordable housing for those young professionals and families looking for their first home just isn’t available and that labor force is moving else where to find it. This episode examines what needs to be done to keep that population in Connecticut and keep our companies competitive on a global scale.


Episode 12

Connecticut’s strong workforce has always been its most strategic economic asset. It is what has driven the productivity gains and inspired the innovation which allows us to compete in a global marketplace. It has been the single factor that has supported our quality of life in the state of Connecticut, but the pool of prospective employees is changing drastically. Connecticut’s unprecedented demographic changes have left us with a major economic and workforce dilemma. One of the hardest hit industries is the trades, which are the professions that no society can function without, and which take years to master


Wrap-Up Special

Connecticut’s strong workforce has always been its most strategic economic asset. It is what has driven the productivity gains and inspired the innovation which allows us to compete in a global marketplace. It has been the single factor that has supported our quality of life in the state of Connecticut, but the pool of prospective employees is changing drastically. Connecticut’s unprecedented demographic changes have left us with a major economic and workforce dilemma. The job opportunities for all of us are abundant, the way we educate our children must change, and partnerships between government, education and business must take place to keep up.