Wilcox grads go to work on Meriden high school construction sites

Created on Friday, 02 May 2014 14:43
Written by Allison Ursitti   

MERIDEN — In an effort to fulfill promises made as part of the project labor agreements for construction at Platt and Maloney high schools, a local union is offering job opportunities to students at Wilcox Technical High School.

Ralph A. Inorio, business manager of Construction and General Laborers Local 455, said the idea came during a reunion with former high school classmate Cynthia Kisner, dean of students at Wilcox.

“I asked her if she would be open to the union reaching out to students,” Inorio said.

She was, and 15 Wilcox seniors filled out applications for the Construction Craft Labor Apprentice Program. It includes a four-week training course that will teach them skills needed on the Platt and Maloney job sites. After students complete the training, set to begin in July, they will be hired as apprentices on the school projects.

Inorio also extended the offer to recent Wilcox graduates, one of which passed the first round of interviews, he said.

“They’re more or less guaranteed a spot on the sites,” Inorio said.

The project labor agreements set a goal of having locals make up 30 percent of the work force on the Platt and Maloney projects.

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State: Bioscience CT projects on target

Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 10:37
Written by Hartford Business Journal   

After 18 months of initial construction, UConn Health Center officials say Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's ambitious $864 billion Bioscience Connecticut projects in Farmington remain on schedule and on budget.

Since the first groundbreaking in summer 2012, the projects have created nearly 1,700 construction jobs. Almost 80 percent of the contracts have been awarded to Connecticut companies, UConn Health Center officials said.

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Capital Workforce Jobs Funnel helps launch careers

Created on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:17
Written by Scott Whipple   

HARTFORD — Bristol resident Karl Robertson Jr. enrolled in the Capital Workforce Partners Jobs Funnel looking for a career change. He liked working with his hands and with people. For him, computer numeric controlled machinist was too solitary a job.

Through Jobs Funnel, Robertson learned skills he needed to enter the career he wanted. He now installs and repairs water meters.

“My job is flexible, the hours are great and I get paid a decent wage,” he says.

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Connecticut River Academy Opens New Building

Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 15:45
Written by Suzanne Carlson   

EAST HARTFORD — Students, staff, and local leaders celebrated the grand opening of the Connecticut River Academy's $57 million school building Tuesday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has made educational reform a cornerstone of his leadership platform, told students that they are "part of this grand experiment that we have underway in the state of Connecticut, where we looked ourselves in the mirror and said, 'we're not doing the kind of work that we need to do and we need to change course.'"

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Plainfield Renewable Energy plant begins operations

Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 11:23
Written by Erin Voegele   

Ledios Holdings Inc. has announced the Plainfield Renewable Energy biomass plant in Plainfield, Conn., is now substantially complete and commercially operational. The 37.5-megawatt (MW) facility is one of the only Class 1 renewable biomass plants in the state.  

The project was originally under development by a subsidiary of Enova Energy Group. Leidos, a company formerly known as Science Applications International Corp., announced its plans to assume ownership of the plant in October. The project was first announced in January 2012 when SAIC and the Carlyle Energy Mezzanine Opportunities Group announced an agreement to provide a subsidiary of the Enova Energy Group with financing for construction of the $225 million plant. On Oct. 15, 2013, Leidos released a statement that said acting in its capacity as a secured lender, the company pursued a consensual foreclosure to assume ownership of the project.

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Edward P. Evans Hall Opens

Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:27
Written by Yale School of Management   

The 242,000-square-foot Edward P. Evans Hall, the home of the Yale School of Management, opened in January 2014. Designed by Foster + Partners, chaired by Lord Norman Foster ARCH ’62, the building has taken its place among the architectural landmarks that distinguish the Yale campus.

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