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of Hartford, CT 18-24 year olds are not job ready
16-24 year olds in Hartford, CT are out-of-school and out-of-work
of Hartford, CT students never earn a degree above high school
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Our signature Let’s Paint! program helps at-risk students learn effective workplace skills through project-based learning. The application of color theory, design and commercial painting skills are a fun way to develop essential workforce preparedness for Hartford area students.

Students Need to be Work Ready

According to the US Census Bureau, the average annual income for a high school dropout is $20,241. This figure is 50% less than a high school graduate and $35,424 less than someone with a bachelor’s degree. Keeping youth in school is thus a huge priority for any urban community, including Hartford.

Greater Hartford area school districts often focus heavily on preparation for college. Interestingly, a consolidated report for the Hartford district shows that only 40% of Hartford Public School students attend college within a year of graduation and only about 20% actually finish a degree within 6 years. On average, Hartford Public Schools graduate approximately 1,000 kids annually which means after 6 years, 800 young adults do not have an advanced 2- or 4-year degree and need to find viable employment to support themselves.

Having the skills to get a job and keep one is of huge importance. Skilled labor can earn a substantial premium over the typical minimum wage job. The Capital City Education Alliance helps students learn and embrace the workforce readiness skills they need to succeed in a job and in life with our innovative Let’s Paint! Program.

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Information Sources: American Community Survey 2011, tabulated by Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University; National Student Clearinghouse – Aggregate Report 2016; Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative Website