October 2014

Chase Center clients display their certificates with
Mayor O'Leary and Interim Commissioner Semple
Chase Center Clients Honored in Career Training Graduation

On October 8th, 2014, four clients of the Chase Center were honored as part of a graduation ceremony for a training program through the Manufacturing Alliance Service Corporation (MASC) in Waterbury, Connecticut.

The program was created to provide clients returning from prison with the tools necessary to earn a living wage, build a career, and provide for themselves and their families. Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary, a former Chief of Police, spoke of his belief in providing individuals with second chances, noting that he has seen firsthand how people can learn from their mistakes and become productive members of their communities.

During the course of the program, clients completed classes in job planning, benchwork and layout; receiving a Metalworking Skills Certification from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. MASC provided state of the art training facilities and a highly experienced faculty, allowing clients to develop strong wordworking and machine shop skills.

Clients celebrate with Chase Center staff
Rafaela Alvarez, Jessica Dickson and Mark Manning
Following graduation, clients are prepared for careers aligned with the program that will position them for a successful reentry. The training program was executed in collaboration with Career Resources, the Connecticut Department of Correction, and the city of Waterbury's Workforce Development Board.

Connecticut Department of Correction Interim Commissioner Scott Semple and Waterbury Mayor Neil M. O'Leary were in attendance, alongside representatives from Career Resources, CTWorks, and other agencies. Community Solutions, Inc. was represented by Chase Center Program Director Mark Manning, Case Manager Supervisor Jessica Dickson, Case Manager Rafaela Alvarez, Marketing and Grants Coordinator Andrew Serrano, and Chief Operating Officer Sherry Albert.