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February 8, 2023

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology is Named a Stanley Black & Decker Makers Grant Recipient

Global Impact Challenge and MAKER Multipliers will continue to expand Maker and Trade professions in 2023


February 7, 2023 (East Hartford, Connecticut) –

Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) announced the recipients of its second Global Impact Challenge. The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) is honored to have been named a Makers Grant recipient for their efforts to create the MAKER Multipliers movement, building upon the MAKER Multipliers platform. The initiative involves the state’s most passionate makers employed in manufacturing and the skilled trades — including technicians, engineers, assemblers, and machinists.

Initiated in 2021, the Global Impact Challenge grant program will award up to $25 million in grant funding over five years to nonprofits that are supporting trade workforce development initiatives in the construction and manufacturing sectors. With the first applications submitted in 2022, 182 entrants were evaluated based on number of people served, outcomes projected, sustainable impact, depth of programs and diversity, among other considerations. CCAT was selected as one of 91 organizations that will help skill and reskill roughly 210,448 makers throughout 2023.

“Developing and implementing innovative workforce solutions is at the core of CCAT’s mission,” said Ron Angelo, president and CEO of CCAT. “Reskilling and preparing the next generation of professionals for the U.S. industrial base, in partnership with Stanley Black & Decker, will accelerate this critical work.”

“Through continued support from Stanley Black & Decker, CCAT will grow our successful MAKER Multipliers movement to engage the next generation of manufacturing talent in this digital era,” said Lynn Raicik, director of workforce at CCAT. “MAKERS are comprised of residents in our regional communities employed by local manufacturers, and they are critical to our ‘See them, be them’ vision.”

MAKER Multipliers are self-identified or identified by employers (or professional associations) who will agree to showcase their organizations’ talent to help engage our future workforce and bring awareness to career paths in the industry.

“Stanley Black & Decker is immensely proud to support CCAT as they work to skill and reskill the next generation of trade professionals,” said Stanley Black & Decker’s corporate responsibility officer, Deb Geyer. “Currently in the U.S., there are an estimated 650,000 open construction jobs and 10 million unfilled manufacturing jobs globally. Our purpose is to support ‘Those Who Make the World,’ and being able to fund educational programs and non-profits that are revitalizing trade careers directly connects to our core mission. Thanks to this year’s Makers Grant Recipients, together we will be one step closer to closing the trade skills gap.”

To learn more about Stanley Black & Decker’s Global Impact Challenge, the 2022 recipients and how non-profits may submit for the upcoming application period, please visit


About CCAT

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 and headquartered in East Hartford, CT, is a dynamic and innovative applied technology organization that leads regional and national partnerships that assist global industrial companies and the manufacturing supply chain across industry sectors in driving advancements, efficiencies, and the adoption of leading-edge technologies.

Our vision is transformative solutions for a connected world, and our mission is to lead the advancement of applied technologies, power the workforce of the future and inspire change.

For more information on MAKER Multipliers, reach out to Eileen Candels, director of partnerships at  

About Stanley Black & Decker

Headquartered in the USA, Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) is the world’s largest tool company operating nearly 50 manufacturing facilities across America and more than 100 worldwide. Guided by its purpose – for those who make the world – the company’s more than 60,000 diverse and high-performing employees produce innovative, award-winning power tools, hand tools, storage, digital tool solutions, lifestyle products, outdoor products, engineered fasteners and other industrial equipment to support the world’s makers, creators, tradespeople and builders. The company’s iconic brands include DEWALT®, BLACK+DECKER®, CRAFTSMAN®, STANLEY®, CUB CADET®, HUSTLER® and TROY-BILT®. Recognized for its leadership in environmental, social and governance (ESG), Stanley Black & Decker strives to be a force for good in support of its communities, employees, customers and other stakeholders. To learn more visit:

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