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Danbury’s TBICO observes 25 years of workforce re-education programs
By Phil Hall - Westfair Communications
Not everyone possesses the skills needed to be a viable and competent participant in the workforce — including some people who have been on the job for years. LouAnn Bloomer, the founder and chief executive of the Danbury nonprofit TBICO, recalled sharing that observation with a bureaucrat who was confused over the skills being taught in Bloomer’s job-education operation.
“This commissioner said to me, ‘You’re teaching people to answer the telephone? Everybody knows how,’” Bloomer said. “And I said, ‘Actually, your staff doesn’t know how.’”
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, TBICO stands for The Bridge to Independence and Career Opportunities and its official mission is to “promote personal and economic self-sufficiency through education, job training and financial literacy.” Bloomer created TBICO after she fell victim to downsizing at IBM in early 1993. An executive secretary in the company’s community relations department, Bloomer realized that many nonprofits dedicated to employment training were not approaching the subject through a private-sector spectrum. Click here for more ....