Central Connecticut State University




Skilled Manufacturing Training Kicks off at CCSU
by Tom Lorenzetti 3/9/2012
Five area companies have formed a collaboration with members of Central CT State Universityís, Institute of Technology & Business Development (ITBD), Department of Continuing Education and School of Engineering & Technology to train 18 students in the basics of Computerized Numeric Control (CNC) Machining.

The program will begin this month and run thru June. In total, over 190 hours of training will be received by the select group of students from New Britain High School, Goodwin Technical High School and Hartford Job Corps Academy.

The companies include Admill Machine, Progress Inc., Okay Industries, Peter Paul Electronics Company Inc. and SPX Fenn Compay.

The goal of the program is to graduate a group of CNC machinists, ready and available for hire by the supporting companies. The program would include classroom and on-the-job training as well as training on a variety of topics, presented hands-on in the CCSU Engineering lab. Expert University trainers would be on hand to instruct the students, utilizing a structured manufacturing machining curriculum. The curriculum was reviewed by the company representatives and sanctioned as to the content. The process of selecting students from within a group of volunteers, utilizing pre testing and structured criteria, was also overseen by the company reps. The program is scheduled to begin Feb 13th.

Richard Cheney, Associate Director of Centralís Continuing Education Center has been instrumental in pulling this program together. He has worked with the representatives from the five companies, faculty from CCSU, Mary Moran, the Principal of Goodwin, Paul Pelletier representing NBHS, and Tami Schweikert, Academy Director at Hartford Job Corps.

Support for this project has also been received from Angelo Dalfonso, representing the New Britain Chamber of Commerce. This pilot program is an excellent attempt to fill the void which is evident in manufacturing today; that of a lack of skilled (CNC) machinists. At the same time, this offering and joint effort gives a number of our local youth an opportunity for a career in advanced manufacturing.

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