Youth to Business Committee
The West Hartford Chamber of Commerce is committed to connecting the youth of West Hartford to the business community. Supported by the Youth to Business committee, the Chamber works closely with educational resources and member businesses to provide mentoring, job shadowing, internships, and career placement opportunities.
Michael Kent • American Eagle Financial Credit Union
Carol Wilkas • West Hartford Public Schools
Kevin Kickery • Farmington Bank
John Paindiris • Effie's Place Restaurant
Robert Kulakowski • Cedar Hill Home Inspection
Foundation for West Hartford Schools
West Hartford Chamber of Commerce Grant Program in partnership with Westfarms
The West Hartford Chamber, and West Farms Mall, supports the teachers grant proposals with a $2,000 donation to the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools for projects related to business or technology within the West Hartford school district.
WHPS Mentoring Program
Mentors offer encouragement, support, instruction and guidance to students. The West Hartford Public Schools provide opportunities for students to meet one-on-one with a mentor once each week. The school systems also provide orientation, training, and coordinates background checks for people who want to become mentors.
To become involved or learn more about the program, contact:
School to Career Coordinator
West Hartford Public Schools
The West Hartford Chamber of Commerce works with local businesses to provide extended on-site, work-based opportunities to develop skills through hands-on learning and instruction.
Students, teachers, and guidance counselors are encouraged to check back often as openings are posted on a rolling basis.
If you are member business interested in posting an opening, please contact the Chamber Office at (860) 521-2300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A student works diligently at his internship with West Hartford Community Television
Job Shadowing Program
The West Hartford Chamber of Commerce works with local businesses to coordinate on-site job shadowing opportunities for students at both the high school and collegiate level.
If you are member business interested in posting an opening please contact the Chamber Office at (860) 521-2300 or e-mail email@example.com
Connecticut’s Apprenticeship System prepares students for a challenging and rewarding career in many of today’s most thriving businesses and industries. Apprentices learn while they earn during a program of supervised on-the-job training. "At work" training is supported by detailed classroom instruction, so apprentices know how and why things work on the job.
Workers who complete an Apprenticeship receive a certificate from the Connecticut Department of Labor that proves professional credentials. These credentials are recognized and valued by employers across the state and across the country.
If you are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship:
- Talk with your school guidance counselor
- Visit the Connecticut Department of Labor’s web site at http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/appren/appren.htm
- Contact an Employer or Trade Association
- Talk with a local union representative
If you are an employer interested in registering as an Apprenticeship Sponsor, go to http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/appren/appren.htm