"The Construction Worker Initiative 2, Inc. — a six-month program that trains unemployed or underemployed New Haven County residents for construction careers — graduated its first and only all-female class on Oct. 23.
Since its first cycle in 1999, the CWI2 has annually trained between 200 and 300 males and females combined. However, this year, a national non-profit donor, Wider Opportunities for Women, requested that CWI2 consider running the program solely for women and for a shorter period of time — three months instead of the usual six. This stipulation from WOW only applies to 2014, and next year the program will return to accepting both men and women.
Nichole Jefferson, the head of the Commission on Equal Opportunities and the director of the program, said that the edition this year was important for the community because many of the participants are the single heads of their households with no stable source of income."