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State starts manufacturing jobs in Connecticut challenge

Posted on June 3, 2016

The state has begun to focus on a new manufacturing jobs in Connecticut challenge.

There will be a new partnership between the state’s public community colleges and several manufacturers including Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney and Electric Boat.

The goal of the partnership is to pair graduates from CSCU’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers (AMTC) with available in-state jobs identified by the manufacturers.

The AMTC offer a 10 month certificate program where students are trained for careers in aerospace, defense, biotechnology and other manufacturing careers.

To kick-off the partnership, Governor Malloy and President Ojakian launched a “300 Jobs, 300 Days” campaign to enroll and graduate a minimum of 300 students beginning in the upcoming fall 2016 semester.

The participating community colleges are Asnuntuck in Enfield, Housatonic in Bridgeport, Naugatuck Valley in Waterbury, Quinebaug Valley in Danielson, Manchester Community College in Manchester, Middlesex in Middletown, and Three Rivers in Norwich.

The AMTC certificate program is part-time or full-time and cost approximately $5,000- $7,000 including materials, tuition and fees.

Many of the programs have internships or apprenticeships available and credits can apply to an Associate Degree.

“In less than 10 months, Connecticut’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers can help students launch a career. Our goal is to expand the size and scope of our programs, substantially increasing the number of students graduating,” President Ojakian said. He added that “More than 90% of CSCU’s advanced manufacturing graduates find a job following graduation.”

In July of 2015, Governor Malloy announced that the Obama Administration designated the State of Connecticut under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative.

IMCP is designed to strengthen manufacturing capabilities across the country by supporting states with long-term economic development strategies. Today, there are over 4,600 manufacturers In Connecticut.