Cup o’ Joe Road Show

Cup o’ Joe Road Show

During winter 2020, the CBIA/ReadyCT Cup o’ Joe Road Show rolled to several stops:

  • Fairfield (2/13/20, completed — terrific exchanges!)
  • Stamford (2/20/20, completed — great conversation!)
  • New London (3/5/20, completed — animated discussion!)
  • New Haven (3/13/20, weather-related postponement from 2/6/20; postponed from 3/13/20 due to COVID-19)
  • Waterbury pending (postponed due to COVID-19)

Each stop served as a forum for stakeholders from business, education (secondary and postsecondary), government and the community to explore collaborations that prepare students for college and career in ways that increase workforce readiness across the state. 

These panel-led discussions focused on statewide issues as they impact the regional level, with Q&A following. The CT State Department of Education and the CT Department of Labor contributed to production of this series.

As Connecticut continues to make progress against COVID-19, ReadyCT and all Cup o’ Joe Road Show partners will revisit the idea of jumpstarting the series for 2021, and beyond.

First Stop: Fairfield, Thursday, February 13, 2020 COMPLETED

Bigelow Tea, 201 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Register: Fairfield

Additional details:

  • 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM: Registration, breakfast and mingle
  • 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: Introductions/opening remarks, panel discussion, and questions from the floor
  • Parking: This location has private, onsite parking

Panelists:

  • Rich DuPont, Housatonic Community College
  • Tony Hwang, Connecticut State Senator (R-Fairfield)
  • Dennis Yaremich, Career Pathways Program Director, Sikorsky Aircraft; Teamsters Local 1150

Second Stop: Stamford, Thursday, February 20, 2020 COMPLETED

UCONN Stamford, 1 University Place, Stamford, CT (see GPS note below)
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Register: Stamford

Additional details:

  • 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM: Registration, breakfast and mingle
  • 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: Introductions/opening remarks, panel discussion, and questions from the floor
  • GPS Note: Attendees are encouraged to input 20 Broad Street, Stamford, CT for a more targeted location to campus
  • Meeting Room is 133 (first floor)
  • Parking: Pay parking structures are across the street from campus on Broad Street (Target or Summer Street parking garages); attendees parking in the Target garage before 8AM must exit using a stairway (no elevator)

Panelists:

  • Karen Amaker, Founding Principal, P-TECH Norwalk
  • Giana Gleeson, Innovation and Communications Manager, IBM Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Morgan Jensen, Account Service Manager, Legg Mason Global Asset Management
  • Kim Kumar, Chair, Career and Technical Education Department, Westhill High School

Third Stop: New London, Thursday, March 5, 2020 COMPLETED

Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich, CT
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Register: New London

Additional details:

  • 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM: Registration, breakfast and mingle
  • 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: Introductions/opening remarks, panel discussion, and questions from the floor
  • Building/Room Assignment: F Wing, first floor, Room F117
  • Parking: Parking is available in any lot not labeled “staff/faculty permit only.” You can find a parking map here.

Panelists:

  • Moira Deasy, Chairman, Youth Workforce Development Committee, Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce
  • Christopher Jewell, CEO/Principal, Collins & Jewell Company
  • Matt Peel, Principal, Bacon Academy

Many thanks to event sponsors Chelsea Groton Bank and Three Rivers Community College.

Fourth Stop: New Haven, Friday, March 13, 2020 POSTPONED

Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce • 900 Chapel Street, 10th Floor, New Haven, CT
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

(postponed due to COVID-19; please check back for rescheduling information following lift of Connecticut’s statewide essential-workers-only policy)

Register: New Haven

Additional details:

  • 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM: Registration, breakfast and mingle
  • 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: Introductions/opening remarks, panel discussion, and questions from the floor
  • Parking: This location has public, metered street parking

Panelists scheduled to attend:

  • Celia Carvalho-Rubino, Coordinator of Dual Enrollment, Gateway Community College
  • Dan Fuller, Chair, Automotive Department, Gateway Community College
  • Michael Iavarone, Career & Technology Instructor, East Haven High School
  • Dan Tarca, Market Area Manager, General Motors