Jobs First Employment Services


Important Notice for Jobs First Participants in South Central CT

As of 1/2/2018 Hamden Career Advisors will be moving to the New Haven Office.

Zaida Lopez can be reached at (203) 624-1493 ext. 281 or and Ilsa Nieves at (203) 624-1493 ext. 282 or

The office address is:

American Job Center- New Haven office

560 Ella Grasso Blvd., Bldg. # 3

New Haven, CT 06519

(203)867-8720 Fax

If you are currently attending a Job Club or Career Edge those workshops will continue in Hamden with Cherida E. who can be reached at (203) 624-1493 ext. 284 or Should you have general questions concerning the move, please contact Stephanie Jones at 203-624-1493 ext. 279 or

Prepare for, Find and Keep a Job

Become independent from cash assistance

The Jobs First Employment Services (JFES) program serves residents of South Central CT who are recipients of Temporary Family Assistance,

Connecticut's cash assistance program for low-income families using Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding.

Every year, about 3,000 participants are referred to the American Job Centers in New Haven, Meriden and Middletown for job counseling,

individual and classroom training, and work experience.

Our Goals:

  • Utilize employment to achieve independence from cash assistance by the end of the 21-month time limit.
  • Support workers to remain employed and independent from cash assistance.
  • Provide basic skills, job coaching, occupational skills and work experience

Support Services:

Work Search Activities

Jobs First participants are assigned work search activities until they are able to obtain employment. Whenever possible, Jobs First combines work

activities with education and/or training to increase potential earnings and to become self-sufficient.

Work Experience (Subsidized Employment)

Jobs First matches candidates with little or no work history with employers willing to provide valuable work experience -- all while earning wages.

Through this unique program, Jobs First participants receive a paycheck via the American Job Center and are placed at work sites for up to 20

hours a week. Employer components:

  • Meet and interview candidates
  • Provide 12 weeks of paid on-the-job training
  • Complete employee performance evaluations
  • Hire well-performing candidates into permanent employment after training

Contact Cathy Geremia at (203) 624-1493 x 285 or

Vocational Education/Occupational Skills Training

Individuals who need vocational or occupational skills training to get a job and leave cash assistance may receive tuition assistance to attend a

program on Connecticut's Eligible Training Program List.

Job Development

Following training and work search activities, Jobs First participants work with specialists and participate in job clubs to facilitate finding and keeping

subsidized, permanent employment.