Pre-apprentice training opens doors for alternative high school seniors
(EAST HARTFORD, CT, APRIL 3, 2018) – Local alternative high school students are finding a clear path to manufacturing careers thanks to a pre-apprentice program.
As part of its mission to drive initiatives around STEM education and workforce development, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) is coordinating a pre-apprentice training program that delivers 144 hours of targeted instruction to prepare job seekers for entry-level manufacturing jobs.
Candidates are recruited from non-traditional talent pipelines including comprehensive and alternative high schools, adult education providers, and community-based organizations. The first cohort is a group of seniors from Synergy High School in East Hartford.
“The program supports the state economy with a much-needed pipeline of manufacturing workers,” said Sue Palisano, director of Education & Workforce Development at CCAT. “Additionally, the students come from predominately low-income backgrounds and were unaware of manufacturing career opportunities.”
“The program is enjoying success even in its early stages, as six students are already placed for job opportunities at two Connecticut manufacturers. We are talking about good jobs with a career path paying solid entry-level wages,” said Craig Outhouse, principal, Synergy High School.
Students will visit CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center this Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for practical hands-on experience before returning to the classroom.
WHO: Synergy High School, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and Capital Workforce Partners
WHAT: Pre-apprentice Manufacturing Program for high school students
WHEN: Wednesday, April 4 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology – Advanced Manufacturing Center, 409 Silver Lane, East Hartford, Conn. 06118
* NOTE: Due to Export Control regulations, media who come to the AMC for this event must present one of the following: certified birth certificate, verified driver’s license, or proof of US citizenship such as an up-to-date passport.