Connecticut Manufacturing Workforce Development Initiative (CMWDI)

CCAT is partnered with Goodwin University on a new, four year, $2 million U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL) grant along with Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), manufacturers, industry associates, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders.

The CMWDI will fund trainings that will help meet manufacturing employer demand; support and expand existing apprenticeship programs; create new apprenticeship programs; and increase advancement and employment opportunities for industrialized personnel in Connecticut.

Trainings will take place either online or on-site at Goodwin University, CSCU or CCAT to build apprentices’ skills. Apprentices who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion from their respective training provider and obtain the credentials and confidence to carry them throughout their careers.

As part of the application for this funding, CT manufacturers identified specific skills needed most within their organization.  These include Industry 4.0 skills such as automation and robotics, additive manufacturing as well as data analytics. CCAT provides a variety of trainings of these advanced technologies and can work with companies on customizing programs for their needs. Learn more about CCAT training opportunities and online training through 180 Skills for CT manufacturers.

A total of 1,600 workers and 125 manufacturing companies with registered or non-registered apprenticeship programs across Connecticut will benefit from this US DOL “Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap” grant. Eleven companies have already committed to participate.

Read the Goodwin University news article: Making Moves in Modern Manufacturing through Apprenticeship Programs


Please contact Melanie Hoben ( or 860-913-2283) to learn more about the Connecticut Manufacturing Workforce Development Initiative and how to participate.