The manufacturing pipeline is only starting to get filled up in Connecticut. There’s more coming.
At a celebratory ceremony held at Synergy Alternative High School in East Hartford on June 8, 13 students received certificates for completing their pre-apprenticeship program and 72-hour online ToolingU training. Governor Dannel P. Malloy spoke at the ceremony, stating his support for the students and the need for programs such as these to be replicated in other schools across Connecticut.
In collaboration with Capital Workforce Partners, Career Development Coordinator Dan Rios said he was impressed by the students’ drive and character, adding that they exceeded expectations by scoring 85 percent or higher on their training evaluations. The event was also attended by local and state officials, employers, CCAT CEO Elliot Ginsberg and the Workforce Development team lead by Lynn Raicik.
Two seniors, Olivia Hernandez and Faviela Delgado, who have been working as pre-apprentices through the program at ACMT, were offered full-time positions and have signed work commitment letters to work there after graduation. Other participating manufacturers include Spartan Aerospace in Manchester, and Triumph Manufacturing in East Hartford, who also helped put together a curriculum for the program.