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Dale Kroop, Director
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Hamden, CT, 06518
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The Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is pleased to announce a partnership with Gateway Community College, the Regional Workforce Alliance, The CT. Department of Labor and Urbanminers. The program will offer training for unemployed residents from the Newhall/Highwood and Hamden community in the skill areas related to deconstruction and recycling.


The program will be conducted at the M.L. Keefe Center weekly from 3-6 pm for classroom room time

and other times for field work. The classroom and field laboratory time will be eleven weeks and the

deconstruction of two or three homes for approximately six additional weeks. The total training time will

be seventeen weeks and should begin in the spring of 2011.  The deconstruction of the homes would begin

in the late summer of 2011, or once the targeted homes are acquired.


“We are so pleased to be working with important partners such as the Regional Workforce Alliance and Gateway Community College as well as promoting a local business, Urbanminers to help improve the Newhall/Highwood community and to help train some of its residents”, stated Dale Kroop,

Executive Director of the HEDC.


Overview of Classroom and Job Training Program


This program will provide tuition for classroom learning, field laboratory and a paid job training opportunity

for residents to work in the deconstruction industry. The deconstruction of the homes would reduce the cost of the demolition project, provide relief for local landfills where the remains of each home would otherwise

go, and also provide an opportunity to train neighborhood residents in green related jobs.


Classroom content will include the areas of safety, tools and equipment use, building materials and resale of items. Students will also learn about the differences in residential and commercial deconstruction.


Job Training Phase: Urbanminers will pay each of the participants, a stipend for up to 30 hours per week equal to livable wage ($12 per hour) on a short term basis (six weeks) to deconstruct two or three homes in the Newhall Neighborhood. Each participant will receive a Certificate of Course Completion at the end of

the entire course.


A maximum of twelve students can be part of the program. Participation will be on a first come first serve basis and residents must meet the category of Dislocated Worker, which means that the participant must be unemployed. The Keefe Center is located at 11 Pine Street in southern Hamden.


For further information on program eligibility and registration contact Dale Kroop at 203-287-7033 or at dkroop@hamden.com.





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