Governor Lamont Launches Community College Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at Western Connecticut State University

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02/11/2022

Governor Lamont Launches Local community College or university Advanced Producing Engineering Middle at Western Connecticut Point out College

(DANBURY, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today joined Connecticut Condition Schools and Universities (CSCU) President Terrence Cheng, campus leaders, learners, and suppliers at a ceremony to launch the new Connecticut Point out Local community Faculty (CT Point out) Naugatuck Valley Advanced Production Know-how Center at Western Connecticut Condition College (WCSU).

The new facility will enroll up to 24 pupils in the two-semester certificate plan that prepares persons for hands-on positions in the manufacturing sector. College students receive a overall of 31 credits, which can be utilized to engineering technology or technology studies affiliate diploma plans.

“Advanced manufacturing is a big element of Connecticut’s economic potential, and by supporting the progress of this sector, we are sending a sign to these reducing-edge businesses that this is the spot to be if they want to increase and prosper,” Governor Lamont stated. “Making guaranteed we have a workforce organized to meet up with the requires of 21st century employers is a major precedence for my administration. Connecticut’s potent network of larger training institutions supplies a wonderful, expense-helpful way for all those who stay in this article to attain the skills that can lead to a satisfying occupation. This new innovative production know-how centre in Danbury will be uniquely positioned to contribute to our workforce pipeline.”

The new facility consists of roughly 3,000 sq.-ft of space inside of an present WCSU warehouse building that was transformed into an highly developed manufacturing store and classroom with point out-of-the-artwork gear and know-how. The multi-yr, $2.4 million challenge was funded via state bond cash.

The first cohort of 12 college students will graduate from the evening system in May possibly 2022. These students began the program in August 2021 in a house offered by Henry Abbott Specialized Higher Faculty in Danbury and moved into the new facility in January. As the system grows, day and weekend cohorts are prepared for a possible of up to 72 graduates for each year. Just about every pupil can generate an OSHA 10 Certification and Countrywide Institute for Metal Operating Abilities nationally regarded credential in two semesters.

At present, 21 larger Danbury-based production corporations are partnering with Naugatuck Valley’s Danbury and Waterbury State-of-the-art Production Technological innovation Heart applications, wherever learners are placed in internships. Somewhere around 95% of graduates are put in whole-time jobs with the opportunity average commencing wage for a machine operator ranging involving $18 to $22 an hour. The application also opens doorways to greater having to pay positions inside these businesses, and promotions for incumbent employees following earning qualifications.

“With a lot more than 6,000 openings presently readily available in the state’s producing field, this new state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies centre will assist grow instructional and financial possibilities for our college students with excellent positions and a fulfilling vocation, while providing a remarkably educated and qualified workforce for our state’s makers,” President Cheng reported. “Today is about partnership and systemness. It is about doing the job together to clear up the desires of the communities and the condition we provide. I thank absolutely everyone who labored collaboratively to make this critical start attainable.”

“The partnership involving Western Connecticut State University and the Naugatuck Valley campus of CT Condition is a wonderful demonstration of how our pupils — and our communities all over the point out — can profit when the means of the CSCU procedure are fully utilized,” WCSU President John B. Clark said. “We are most happy to host the new State-of-the-art Manufacturing Know-how Heart on our Midtown campus and we welcome the college students finding out here. With our CSCU program shifting forward under the management of Governor Lamont and assistance from President Cheng, we anticipate more workforce improvement assignments that will permit us to make improvements to the life of learners and make Connecticut’s foreseeable future.”

“Students who enroll in Naugatuck Valley Group College’s Highly developed Manufacturing method are keen to understand the skills that will enable them to discover fantastic, satisfying work opportunities, contribute to our communities, and go on to grow with the manufacturing business,” Lisa Dresdner, campus CEO at Naugatuck Valley, explained. “We are delighted that our partnership with Western Connecticut Condition College allows us to supply these types of an astounding facility for our students to reach their objectives, and we are grateful for the state’s help of this partnership and the Linde determination to giving again to the community which supports our State-of-the-art Producing Technological innovation Heart college students by way of scholarships.”

“The expansion of Naugatuck Valley’s Sophisticated Manufacturing Application located on WCSU’s campus in Danbury, demonstrates the State of Connecticut’s recognition that courses like this are important to advertise manufacturing work opportunities as hard and satisfying job paths and chances for profession retraining,” Marcy Macdonald, vice president of human methods and corporate secretary for the Memry Company, mentioned. “Developing a producing workforce to help substantial tech jobs in the increased Danbury region will help firms like Memry Company fulfill our expansion targets and determination to the condition for the potential.”

Individuals fascinated in studying more about Connecticut’s highly developed producing technological know-how centers really should take a look at ct.edu/makeithere.

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