EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Aug. 15, 2017 — Pointing to a future of manufacturing opportunities in the state of Connecticut, U.S. Rep. John Larson (CT-1) urged East Hartford and South Windsor students attending a program at Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) to attain skills and jobs that will make a difference.
“We have businesses in Connecticut like Pratt & Whitney – right here in East Hartford –making jet engines that are more efficient, cleaner and make less noise. But they don’t have enough skilled people to fill those jobs,” said Congressman Larson, looking at an image of a jet from which students were making a CAD drawing. “These companies are looking for individuals like you with knowledge in manufacturing and technology.”
Larson reminded students that these are good-paying jobs with a future. “Who knows which of you might change the world with a new concept that advances mankind – or saves a life?”
The group of 20 students spoke to Larson about their own range of career aspirations. The local school children are among more than 150 who have enrolled this summer at CCAT’s Young Manufacturers Academy (YMA), which is a manufacturing-themed, experiential, eight-day summer program that introduces middle grade youth to Connecticut’s tech-advanced manufacturing industries. The program has hosted more than 700 students since its inception and includes hands-on activities, simulation-based learning, virtual machining environments, travel to industry locations for on-site interaction with manufacturers, and a mock career fair. YMA is funded through the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development’s Manufacturing Innovation Fund.
“The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology is excited about manufacturing and proud to champion programs engaging Connecticut’s future workforce,” said Elliot Ginsberg, CCAT’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Congressman’s ongoing support and his recognition of how our YMA program provides an opportunity for students to explore expanding careers in manufacturing is very much appreciated.