• Youth to Business Committee

  • Mission

    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. 


  • Chairperson

    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:

    Carol Wilkas
    School to Career Coordinator
    West Hartford Public Schools


  • Internships

  • 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 info@whchamber.com 


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  • 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 info@whchamber.com


  • Apprenticeship Programs

    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:

    If you are an employer interested in registering as an Apprenticeship Sponsor, go to http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/appren/appren.htm