January 23, 2009

Train students to work at ESPN, Wright urges


In another proposed piece of legislation, 77th District Democrat Chris Wright of Bristol is calling for lawmakers to allocate money "to fund additional courses in broadcasting and communications at E.C. Goodwin Technical High School and Tunxis Community College to train students for positions at ESPN."

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13 comments:

Tired Taxpayer said...

Did ESPN ask for more trained workers? I think we should try and provide more opportunity for people to create business through their own hard work. This country and state was build on the entrepreneurial spirit of Americans. ESPN's was created because some people had an idea and made it happen through hard work and risk taking. Lets get back to stimulating that kind of environment. There is too much entitlement in this state and not enough innovation.

While I am not sure ESPN needs us to train their workers, we should be educating students on how to take an idea and turn it into a business plan and then make it a business. That is what creates new jobs and economic growth in our state!!!

Concerned Conservative said...

TT:
What a great comment. I couldn't agree with you more.

I do respect the efforts of any Legislator to provide any organization with the means to be successful. I would also like to see our public school system encouraging more people to get into technical fields like engineering at any level. However Legislators should remember that the cost of doing business is one of the primary forces in business creation or one the other hand, job loss.

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Tired Taxpayer said...

I am not saying they don't want the support or that I am even against this idea. Just think ESPN is a very profitable business and if we are going to follow Obama's lead, we should be training students in Science and engineering, so we can be innovator's beyond entertainment.

I think it is interesting that all we hear about is the decline of manufacturing in this state, yet it seems to me fewer and fewer actually want those jobs in the first place. Ask any manufacturing owner and they will tell you it is hard to find well trained younger people to fill jobs at their plants. Younger kids want to be in other fields not engineering or manufacturing.

Besides didn't the state set up a program to train people to work in the movie production business in support of the tax credit for film makers? Why not try and use that program instead of creating a new one, for one specific company?

Lets try and train for all business lines in this state and help diversify our base. The current budget deficit is a great example of what happens when we become to reliant on one sector of the economy, in this case the financial services field.

Lisa said...

This is already done at Terryville High School. Maybe we should ask ESPN if they are in need of qualified job applicants. I know one from Chicago just waiting to get the phone call.

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Tired Taxpayer said...

In another proposed piece of legislation, 77th District Democrat Chris Wright of Bristol is calling for lawmakers to allocate money "to fund additional courses in broadcasting and communications at E.C. Goodwin Technical High School and Tunxis Community College to train students for positions at ESPN."


I just read the post and it sounds like it is pretty specific to ESPN. Am I missing part of the post west connstudent?

Anonymous said...

Why would we want the legislator to make a law dictating what classes to offer at colleges?

Judi Mandl said...

Every day you read about jobs being lost, but the US Census is hiring !
Call 1-866-861-2010 fmi
about jobs in your area.
Take the test to qualify, in Bristol and other towns.

AnonymousWestconnStudent said...
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Steve Collins said...

That's from the legislation itself.

Anonymous said...

Wasteful spending of money that we don't even have. Look for cuts, please, not more money from laid off taxpayers.

cseguin said...

I thought this article was interesting, in light of Wright's proposal: http://www.nypost.com/seven/02042009/news/regionalnews/citys_game_plan_153456.htm .

It looks like ESPN is doing something similar in NYC; I wonder what that means for Wright's effort.

That said - most of the people I know of who have secured production jobs at ESPN have done so after graduating from film and TV programs like Boston U., NYU, and some one the west coast. It would be great for them to hire more local people, but I would think that ESPN would have its pick of qualified people, and doesn't necessarily need training centers, so to speak.