Connecticut’s Advanced Manufacturing has a new Training Facility

In August the Housatonic Community College (HCC) opened doors to a new program to support Advanced Manufacturing in Fairfield and New Haven County. HCC addresses a growing problem in the state where high paying jobs (>70k) go unfilled because of lack of qualified workers. The positions to be filled do not require a 4-year degree but highly developed, hands-on engineering skills. HCC trains primarily high school graduates, displaced workers and veterans for these jobs.

On Tuesday Ms. Gliniecki, President of the Housatonic Community College presented the new program to an audience assembled by TrumbullBEI. Ms. Gliniecki demonstrated that Advanced Manufacturing has nothing to do with what many still believe: Dirt and grease. The opposite is true. Advanced Manufacturing is a process in which highly automated machines make parts in a clean room environment with unprecedented accuracy. Any dirt would hamper the manufacturing process which in turn would negatively impact the finished parts.

The pictures here show the new training environment at HCC. For more information contact the Admissions Office at 203-332-5100 or visit HCC’s website www.housatonic.edu

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Manufacturing Skills in Demand in Fairfield and New Haven County

Understanding Blueprints is the engineering skill most in demand for high school and 2-year college graduates interested in pursuing a technical career in manufacturing in Fairfield and New Haven County. This is the result of a survey of thousands of job postings in Connecticut. Manufacturing is the traditional industry sector in the state which had lost many of its jobs over the past decades. It is now that manufacturing comes back but requires more training from its machine operators due to advanced computerization of the manufacturing process. Currently about one quarter of all manufacturing job openings in Fairfield and New Haven County do not require a 4-year or higher degree but need advanced training and hands-on experience.

Please use the link to download the survey.

TrumbullBEI to feature HCC Manufacturing Center & Program

Brochure cover from the Open House 10/3/12.

You are invited to learn of the exciting new Housatonic Community College Manufacturing Center and Program. Anita Gliniecki, President, HCC will be the presenter of the “The new Manufacturing Center & Program at Housatonic Community College.” This meeting of the Town of Trumbull Business Education Initiative will be Tuesday, October 23 at 8 to 9:15 AM in the Trumbull Library Community Room.

Please RSVP here. There is no charge for the event.

The Manufacturing Program, composed of basic and advanced manufacturing certificates, is the first to be offered through Housatonic’s Regional Advanced Manufacturing Center. The center is designed to give students the 21st Century knowledge and skills required by today’s manufacturers. The center will feature an advanced manufacturing laboratory and engineering design studio to support the college’s credit and non-credit manufacturing courses.

Top 20 Engineering Skills needed from Workers with High School or Two Year Degree in Fairfield and New Haven County. 

1)   UNDERSTAND BLUEPRINTS
2)   CONFIGURATION
3)   TELECOMMUNICATIONS
4)   SOLDERING
5)   MEASURING DEVICES
6)   HYDRAULIC
7)   X-RAYS
8)   DRAWING
9)   INSTRUMENTATION
10) TEST EQUIPMENT
11) TECHNICAL APTITUDE
12) ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
13) SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION
14) RADIO
15) POWER TOOLS
16) GAUGES
17) ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
18) EMISSIONS
19) WELDING
20) SCHEMATICS

THE PLIGHT OF THE RED KNOT AND THE HORSESHOE CRAB

Red Knot and Horse Shoe Crab

TrumbullBEI Minigrants at work: Fourth grade students of The Trumbull Academically Gifted Program (TAG), instructed by their teachers Mrs. Huffman and Mrs. Sage-Rosenblatt, acted as field researchers while studying the interspecies dependency between the horseshoe crab and the red knot gull.

 

Classroom work.

As part of the Science Academy, Fourth grade TAG students have studied the plight of the horseshoe crab and the red knot gull. We have become scientists and are sharing the results of our research this evening. We had the opportunity to choose how we shared our final product with you this evening, so each project is different from the rest.

In the field…

Labor Demand Pattern repeats in Trumbull

Trumbull Job Market

Labor demand, the volume of job postings from employers seeking workers, dropped slightly in September. Businesses in town were looking for 320 suitable candidates, 20 less than in August, to fill their open positions. The labor demand pattern we have seen over the past four months resembles the need for labor during the same months last year. Also then the number of job postings increased from June through August with a drop in September.

For more information read the full newsletter.