Connecticut pubcaster to provide workforce training for vets with $125K grant

By Dru Sefton

Newman’s Own Foundation, established by actor Paul Newman, has provided the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network with a $125,000 grant to provide workforce development training to returning veterans, who face some of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

“Although many veterans face unprecedented challenges as they reintegrate back into civilian life, CPBN is committed to making a difference by providing training, certifications and employment placement opportunities.” Jerry Franklin, network president, in the Jan. 15 announcement.

The program, launching in February, will provide education and training workshops toward certifications in web and graphic design and video editing.

“For nearly 20 years, we have been supporting the organizations that help our nation’s troops and their families,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “This funding is intended to further the impact that our grantees are having in the lives of individuals and families in their time of need.”

In December 2010, the foundation gave $2.2 million to nine pubcasters, and last week provided WETA in Arlington, Va., with $100,000 for its BrainLine website.

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