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Webster supports training for unemployed, underemployed

(2/8/2010) — Webster Bank has donated $2,500 to a program that gives hands-on training to adults who are unemployed or underemployed so they may pursue careers in the human services field.


The funds will go to operational support for the Academy for Human Service Training, which is run by Woodbridge, Conn.-based Marrakech Inc. Marrakech is a private non-profit organization that provides residential, educational, and job placement services to people facing economic challenges. It serves more than 1,500 children and adults with developmental, physical, and behavioral health disabilities through housing, employment, and community integration services.


The Academy for Human Service Training is in New Haven, Bridgeport and Waterbury, Conn. It includes certifications, internships, support services and job placement assistance. More than 90 percent of all candidates who complete the training and internship components of the curriculum are placed in human services positions.


In photo, from left to right are: Marrakech Inc. Executive Director Frank McCarthy; Jeff Klaus, Webster's regional president for the Connecticut shoreline; Kathy Luria, vice president, community affairs at Webster; Kevin Aiken, Webster market manager for the New Haven area.