HARTFORD – Connecticut State Colleges & Universities has released a plan to provide training needed to meet the workforce needs of Connecticut’s 4,100 manufacturers.
Approximately 35,000 new skilled workers will be needed in Connecticut’s manufacturing companies over the next two decades to support the advancement of the industry.
“Advanced manufacturing employers have made it clear that they need skilled workers to meet the demands of the 21st century economy,” Mark Ojakian, president of Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, said. “Indeed, up to 35,000 skilled workers will be needed over the next 20 years. CSCU’s advanced manufacturing program at the state’s community colleges are determined to be a critical part of the solution, along with partner institutions and the business community.”
The Technology, Education and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Works, Advanced Manufacturing Strategic Plan was released by Ojakian, who was joined by Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz on Feb. 15 at the Connecticut Science Center. TEAM Works encourages the collaboration and support of stakeholders in different industries including education, government, manufacturing and others.
“Connecticut already has a top-notch workforce, but we need to be ready for an influx of advanced manufacturing jobs,” Bysiewicz said. “It is critical that our educational institutions and employers partner to nurture our school-to-workforce pipeline in order to meet the growing needs of our manufacturing industry.”
CSCU has an education network of 17 institutions and 85,000 enrolled students, but its advanced manufacturing technology centers at the community colleges will not have the capacity needed for the annual numbers of graduates required for the manufacturing industry.
Additional public and private higher education providers and the state’s technical high school systems are called to collaborate on the efforts of enrolling more students in the program.
“Goodwin College has long advocated a ‘Team Connecticut’ approach to addressing the needs of the state’s manufacturing workforce,” Goodwin College President Mark Scheinberg said. “Now we look forward to playing a significant role along with CSCU and other training providers in developing the talent pipeline. Putting workers on the path to well-paying jobs, while helping to secure Connecticut’s place in the manufacturing field, means creating authentic partnerships. Building bridges between education, commerce, and community is literally written into Goodwin’s mission statement. We are committed to being part of this once-in-a-generation opportunity.”
“Connecticut has a solid reputation for having skilled workers in a wide range of specialties, including aerospace, metal forming, automation and robotics,” Schwerdtle President Kathy Saint said. “In recent years we have invested heavily in upgrading the machinery at our technical high schools and expanded the advanced manufacturing centers at Asnuntuck and the seven other community colleges around the state.
There is a lot of opportunity for us to become a leader in the United States for advanced manufacturing, and this strategic plan will give us a road map towards breaking down silos, leveraging our infrastructure and helping to supply the more than 20,000 skilled workers needed over the next decade.”
TEAM Works is looking to get students from all backgrounds with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In the efforts to train more workers for careers in manufacturing, CSCU expanded the number of advanced manufacturing centers from four to eight. The community colleges that offer the manufacturing programs are Asnuntuck, Housatonic, Naugatuck Valley, Quinebaug Valley, Manchester, Middlesex, Three Rivers and Tunxis.
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