OPP has developed an innovative pipeline program for youth to complete postsecondary programs and land jobs in in-demand industries.
Combining the need for more skilled workers and the need for more supportive postsecondary environments, Our Piece of the Pie built the Pathways to Careers Initiative in 2012. OPP’s staff is on campus and in our center, involved with a youth’s progression, from transportation, childcare referrals, course selection, internship placements, and job searches — OPP is there.
OPP’s relationship with Asnuntuck and Capital Community Colleges engages students with contextual learning and credentials to enter into the labor market and command a livable wage. OPP supports youth as they enroll in and complete a postsecondary program and attain a high-demand, well-paying job in the following industries:
Advanced Manufacturing, Allied Health, Culinary, and Transportation & Logistics.
Programs are expeditious, in that most students can complete their industry-recognized credentials within 6 months to 1 year, with little to no debt!
Entry-level positions earn ~$35,000, and in Hartford, Connecticut, a city where the per capita income is only $17,000, this program makes an enormous impact.
Today’s workforce is a challenging one. With OPP’s support, more than 120 youth are in or completing the PCI program, receiving the access and opportunity they need to succeed in this challenging workforce.
PCI consists of 4 different programs. For more information, please contact Chanda Robinson, Director of PCI 860.761.7300 Chanda.Robinson@opp.org