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Meet Ray

Workforce Challenge

Ray came to CTWorks Career Center after being one of many workers who were laid off from long term careers at one of the state's biggest defense contractors. “I had a 30 year career before I was laid off,” he said. “It was a big shock and it was detrimental to my home and family.” He felt his skills were probably out of date, and he also believed his age would be an obstacle to finding a new job.

Workforce Solution

Ray used the CTWorks Career Center for computer access and took advantage of many of the basic skills workshops. He practiced interviewing techniques and was diligent about job hunting. “They offered networking possibilities, guidance, any time I needed it. I could come down any time and get online. It was very, very helpful,” he said. “It’s really a much needed agency that more people should get involved with."

Outcomes & Benefits

Through the CTWorks services, Ray found a job with Milford Fabricating Co., Inc. “I’m able to keep my home now,” he said. “[CTWorks] gave me confidence - after being out of work so long you really lose that confidence. They gave it back to me.” He is once again in a manufacturing environment, using the skills he's developed over a lifetime.

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