Profile of Success: Carmen Rosa
Help Wanted? Collaborative Helps Fill Workplace Needs
Carmen Rosa needed stability in her life. In need of a job with health insurance and benefits, Carmen turned to the classified ads where she came across a temporary position as an assembler at The Ripley Division of Capewell Components LLC, a manufacturer of hand tools in Cromwell and South Windsor.
After three months, Carmen was hired full-time assembling hand tools. To advance in wages, however, she needed additional education and training specific to manufacturing. Capewell Components was able to increase the skills of Carmen and other employees in part through the ADVANCE Training Grant Program supported by Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford. “I am an eager person. I like to learn everything I can,” says Carmen. “Going through those classes boosted my confidence. I take my responsibilities even more to heart. I try to meet everyone’s standards the best I can. And I’m always asking questions.” Following the training, Carmen showed more initiative. “When we saw how she was progressing and taking the lead without being asked, we also decided to send her to supervisor training,” said Lois Krause, director of Human Resources at Capewell Components. Carmen was promoted to assembly assistant lead, earning a 7 percent raise and more responsibility. She now assists in supervising a staff of about ten.
Formed in 2008, Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford, of which United Way is the lead and fiscal agent, is supporting the development of an educated, self—sufficient workforce with skills regional employers need to successfully compete in today’s economy. Workforce Solutions brings together employers, educators, government, service providers and philanthropic organizations to:
- Provide lower-income workers with the skills necessary to advance their careers and earn family sustaining wages;
- Increase the number of skilled, qualified job candidates with skills needed by employers; and
- Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the workforce system overall
- WSCMH invests in industries with career growth opportunities, including energy/utilities, healthcare and manufacturing.
Workforce Solutions is a regional collaborative of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and recipient of the Social Innovation Fund award. In addition, WSCMH received national recognition as a finalist in United Way Worldwide’s 2012 Common Good Award, which highlights coalitions creating community-wide change in education, income or health. For more information, go to www.workforce-solutions.org.
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