Helmets to HardHats


The Helmets to Hardhats program places quality men and women from the Armed Forces into promising construction careers. Working in the building trades allow these dedicated individuals to earn money while receiving on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Typically, there is no charge for the training, and veterans will be paid for the time they work. Veterans can also use their GI benefits to supplement the wages they receive during apprentice training. Many apprenticeship programs even have the capability of allowing apprentices to obtain college credit for classroom work. This program provides veterans with a competitive salary, high quality training, medical benefits, pension plans, and flexible time off. 

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Job Funnel


The Jobs Funnel is a pre-employment preparation and job training service based in Connecticut’s major cities. Area residents seeking employment in the construction fields can visit these field offices which serve as the “Funnel” for jobs. 

The Funnel has helped over 2,000 individuals learn the skills required to embark on their career journey. Greater Hartford residents, ages 18 and above, have the opportunity to learn valuable skills in an effort to attain careers in the construction industry.

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Trades Offered at the Jobs Funnel

  • Bricklayers / Masons
  • Carpenters
  • Drywall Finishers
  • Electricians
  • Elevator Constructors
  • Environmental Technicians (Asbestos and Lead Abatement)
  • Glaziers
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Operating Engineers
  • Painters
  • Plumbers / Pipefitters
  • Roofers / Waterproofers
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Sprinkler Fitters

The Cozzi-Miller Pearson Career Development School

The Cozzi-Miller-Pearson Career Development School, located in New Haven, Connecticut, is a pre-apprentice school that educates students of all ages about the construction trades.  The school is operated by the City of New Haven and recruits its students from underprivileged areas.  The school places a strong emphasis on including underprivileged students, which benefits the city as it provides these individuals with an education and creates jobs.  The school offers a variety of different courses, all of which are taught by members of the Building Trades from surrounding communities.  The extensive course options enable the students to learn about a number of different trades while enrolled in the training program.  The training program lasts for twelve weeks and occurs twice per year.

The Cozzi-Miller-Pearson Career Development School is an exclusive partner with Connecticut State Building Trades.