Wednesday, June 26, 6pm-8pm
Held at partner school H.H.Ellis Technical High School
Quinebaug Valley Community College is celebrating the successes of the first year for the new Manufacturing Technology program at the College. Manufacturers in eastern Connecticut have embraced the program by welcoming interns this past spring and hiring the graduates; more than 80% of the 33 graduates are already employed.
An open house for prospective students will take place Wednesday, June 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for students, parents and those seeking to change careers at the H.H. Ellis Technical High School manufacturing lab. The state-of-the-art facilities will be open for viewing. Instructors will be on hand to talk with prospective students and recent graduates will be there to discuss their experiences over the past year.
The program consists of two semesters, totaling 34 credits that could be applied to an associate degree in the College of Technology at QVCC if a student is interested in continuing their education. Basic Manufacturing, September through December, and Advanced Manufacturing, January through May, prepare students to be an entry level machinist in operating lathes, milling machines and grinders. It also teaches safety and the proper etiquette used in a workplace environment. The students participate in paid internships starting in early March that would eventually lead to either part or full time positions at the conclusion of the program.
This program trains students to be hired into an industry which is in need of employees. “Across the state, there is a common concern about the aging workforce in manufacturing. This program couldn’t have come at a better time.” states Steve LaPointe, interim director manufacturing technology center. LaPointe further states, “You could call it “a perfect storm” for our area in eastern Connecticut. We have a rich history of manufacturing and this program will strengthen and revitalize thisarea for what we have been known for as we turn our students into the next generation of manufacturers.”