Connecticut. Dream It. Do It.

Experience Manufacturing. Make It Your Future.


Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. (CTDIDI) is one of more than 40 state efforts focused on developing an awareness of rewarding careers in manufacturing. CCAT licenses and leads CTDIDI as part of The National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute’s nationwide campaign to create a positive image of today’s manufacturing.

Through partnerships with industry, education, and economic and workforce development organizations statewide, CTDIDI is enhancing Connecticut’s future manufacturing workforce pipeline.

Student workshops

CTDIDI’s student programs introduce future careers in manufacturing while reinforcing the skills needed to be successful in these careers. Content areas include lean manufacturing, CADD and 3D printing, automation and robotics, CNC machining, engineering design, and SolidWorks. CCAT can host these workshops at our facility or bring them to you.

STEM expos and career fairs

CTDIDI supports a wide variety of industry and school career events, as well as providing programming for other STEM-focused organizations. We can provide student and educator workshops, presentations, booth displays, and collateral materials to promote manufacturing-related careers.

Manufacturing Mania

Held in October of each year, “Manufacturing Mania” gives middle school students an opportunity to learn more about the wide variety of careers today’s advanced manufacturing offers. The program includes exhibits and displays from manufacturers and educational institutions, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, competitions, and guest speakers.

Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit

Open to middle and high school girls, Making It Real is a day-long event that provides information about career and educational pathways in manufacturing, experiential activities that showcase today’s manufacturing workplace, and opportunities to hear from women practitioners about 21st century manufacturing careers and the high-tech skills needed to be successful.

Count on CCAT

Contact us today for more information about Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. and learn how you can get involved.

Susan Palisano – | 860.282.4224 |