EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – October 15, 2019 – Students and job seekers eager to learn about careers in manufacturing will get their questions answered at the Manufacturing Expo & Career Fair on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 4-6pm at Vinal Technical High School in Middletown.
The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) is joining with Vinal Technical High School and Middlesex Community College to present the event during Connecticut. Dream It. Do. It. Manufacturing Month.
“Open to the public, the Manufacturing Expo & Career Fair is the perfect opportunity for job seekers and students to talk directly with manufacturers who are hiring for a variety of skilled jobs and also for gathering information about industry educational programs available for high school and college students,” said Alyce Stiles, associate director, experiential STEM education, CCAT.
CCAT will lead interactive activities that spotlight manufacturing technologies and showcase winning videos from the statewide “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” video competition. One of the technologies, the Smart Manufacturing app, uses augmented reality to enable students to design, manufacture, and test a flying drone.
“Our relationship with CCAT helps attract and retain students in our manufacturing programs at Vinal Tech, given CCAT’s strong reach into the manufacturing community,” said Javette Allen, Vinal Tech principal. “Ultimately, our partnership helps ensure we are developing a talented workforce for Connecticut’s manufacturing companies.”
Expo & Fair participants will hear about Vinal Tech’s Precision Machining Technology program and tour the school’s manufacturing shops.
“With the reduction of technical education classes in the elementary and middle schools, it is more important than ever that young students have the chance to explore manufacturing and discover for themselves the great job possibilities it offers,” said Michael Hood, precision machining department head at Vinal Tech.
Manufacturers agree. “The Magic of Manufacturing is unknown to so many – yet the results are seen every day in our possessions. It’s imperative we let the up and coming generation know that manufacturing exists and that they can be part of the creations of the future,” said Lynn Bousquet, director of human resources, Connecticut Spring and Stamping.
“Exposing job seekers and students now to the latest technologies will help them to secure creative and rewarding jobs,” commented Stiles. “We are proud that CCAT’s Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. has impacted thousands through the many initiatives we run in partnership with manufacturers, schools and organizations to raise awareness about the importance of manufacturing throughout the state.
To learn more about the MANUFACTURING EXPO & CAREER FAIR go to ctdidi.com/programs.
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., that creates and executes bold ideas advancing applied technologies, energy solutions, STEM education and career development, and export and cyber compliance. By leading state, regional, and national partnerships, CCAT helps manufacturers, academia, government and nonprofit organizations excel. Learn more at ccat.us, or follow CCAT on Twitter – @CCATInc.