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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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Spring 2017 Results – The CCEA PrimerSeptember 11, 2017
Our Doors are Famous!August 22, 2017
CCEA Expanding Staff to Meet Needs of Hartford SchoolsJuly 1, 2017
Let’s Paint! GiveS at Risk Student in West Hartford a Fresh Start and Second ChanceApril 16, 2017
Executive Director on the Community Access Show with Renee DiNino. Click HERE to listen.
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