The sixth annual Connecticut Dream It. Do It. Manufacturing Month is coming to an end but not before CCAT reflects on the many events that made it another great success.
The October-long experience was officially proclaimed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to recognize the importance of the more than 4,500 Connecticut manufacturing companies to the state’s economy and to highlight industry career opportunities statewide.
On Friday, Oct. 6, National Manufacturing Day, nearly 240 middle school boys and girls came from all over the state, including Bristol, Canterbury, East Haven, Groton, New Haven, New London, and Norwich for the sixth annual Manufacturing Mania at the Mystic Marriott. Students spoke to manufacturers, participated in team-based competitions, and heard from state leaders about manufacturing in our daily lives. About 17 exhibitors were present, including the General Dynamics Electric Boat RV, which the students got to tour and learn about augmented reality. Among our VIP guest speakers were CT Department of Labor Commissioner Scott Jackson, Department of Education Literacy/Reading Director Dr. Melissa Hickey, and CT Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) Executive Director of Business Development Beatriz Gutierrez. Watch a wrap-up video of the event.
Our second event on Thursday, Oct. 19 was the fourth annual Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott, where we brought together over 170 young women from 14 schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The girls learned what goes into manufacturing through hands-on workshops and Q&A with leading women in the industry.
Governor Malloy kicked off the opening welcome session. The students also heard from Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and CT DECD Director of Business Development Barbara Fernandez. The day included three different hands-on activities; luncheon with keynote address by Carolyn Lee, Executive Director of Washington D.C.’s Manufacturing Institute and a roundtable panel discussion moderated by Maribel Morgan, Director of Strategy & Technology at Connstep Inc. Panelists included Michelle Allinson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Aerospace Alloys, Inc. and CCAT Board of Directors member; Veda Ferlazzo Clark, Principal at Zedare Consulting; Jonna Gerken, President at the Society of Women Engineers; Rhonda Leonard, Engine Test Technician/Calibration Lab Lead Tech at Pratt & Whitney; and Leanne Wade, Esco Screw Machine Set Up and Machine Operator at Lab Security Systems Corporation.
To find out more on now CCAT works year-round to raise awareness to close the manufacturing skills gap, please read the Oct. 29 interview with Susan Palisano, CCAT director of education & Workforce Development in the Hartford Business Journal.