NEW HAVEN — Four more members have been named to a search committee formed to identify a successor to Yale President Richard C. Levin. The newest members are Yale faculty members Judith Chevalier, Amy Hungerford, Richard Lifton and Anna Pyle. They join eight trustees previously named to the committee. The 12-person body is chaired by Charles Goodyear. Levin announced in last month that he will step down from his post at the end of the current academic year, after what will have been 20 years serving as president of Yale.
ROCKY HILL — Military veterans will be able to obtain assistance with employment and other needs at the annual Stand Down event on September 21. Presented by the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs, the event will take place at 287 West Street from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to employment help, there will be assistance with and information about medical screenings, educational choices, veterans benefits and legal and motor vehicle concerns. Veterans should arrive no later than noon to take advantage of the on-site services. Free bus transportation will be available. For more information or to obtain a registration form, call 860-616-3802.
As a new school year begins, adults who wish to enhance their technical abilities or learn-brand new job skills are reminded that the Connecticut Technical High School System offers full-time adult programs. Fields include health services (dental assistant, certified nurse assistant, surgical technology), aviation maintenance, electronics technology, welding and metal fabrication, culinary arts and more. Part-time evening extension and apprentice courses also are offered. To learn more phone 800-822-6832.
WALLINGFORD — The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for its Athena Leadership Awards. Employers are encouraged to suggest outstanding employees and/or colleagues. The award honors business and professional women who show creativity, excellence and initiative in their chosen fields; help improve the quality of life in their community; and encourage other women to realize their full leadership potential. All nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of a variety of community leaders. The award recipient will be announced at an October 18 luncheon. To obtain a nomination form or to learn more, call 203-269-1358. The Quinnipiac chamber serves the North Haven and Wallingford business communities.
ROCKY HILL — Lean manufacturing has been a buzz phrase for improving workforce efficiency for years, but proponents say it also can — and should — be applied to front-office workers. That will be the focus of a September 20 workshop presented by the Connecticut State Technology Extension Program (CONNSTEP). Titled “Lean for the Front Office,” the session will emphasize that to reach optimal effectiveness lean principles have to be implemented across the entire organization. Workshop participants will learn how to apply lean tools to administrative-sector duties and responsibilities. The session will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. at the CONNSTEP offices at 1090 Elm Street. It is free to anyone to attend, but registration is on a first-come basis. Organizers request a maximum of two attendees for any single organization. The workshop will be repeated December 6. To learn more call 800-266-6672.
Veterans disabled in the line of duty during post-9/11 military service who are interested in starting or expanding a small business are invited to obtain information about a “business boot camp.” The Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, known as EBV, helps disabled veterans develop business skills and take advantage of business-related services and programs. The program is presented by UConn and seven other institutions of higher learning throughout the country. Entry into the program is competitive. To learn more call Syracuse University, the founding institution, at 315-443-0141, or the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs at 860-616-3600.
WETHERSFIELD — In comparing two measures of employment activity, officials at the state’s Department of Labor admit they are confounded by contradictory data. One assessment, the department’s business establishment survey, indicates a relatively robust 5,100-job increase in July. The other measure, the household survey, suggests declining employment levels, higher unemployment levels and the unemployment rate up to 8.5 percent (putting it above the 8.3 percent national average).
“The complete disagreement between our two key indicators of labor market health in Connecticut makes an assessment of market conditions difficult at best this month,” acknowledged Andy Condon, director of the DOL’s Office of Research, in a release. He said more data is needed to put the statistics in proper context. Among the job-gaining supersectors were government (2,600 positions), education and health services (2,400), leisure and hospitality (1,400) and arts, entertainment and recreation (1,200). The job-losing supersectors included trade, transportation and utilities (minus 1,600 positions), construction and mining (minus 1,500) and financial activities (minus 700).