Advanced Manufacturing: Technical High Schools

 

Programs under this grant complement the work being done through the College of Technology's (COT) Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM). Karen Wosczyna-Birch, director of the RCNGM, says, "These programs will better prepare high school students for entry into the technical programs offered by the community colleges and high-wage careers in advanced manufacturing.”

 

Connecticut Community Colleges' COT is a virtual college that offers two-year associates degrees in engineering, engineering technology and technological studies, giving students full transferable credit into four-year programs at select Connecticut four-year colleges.

Outreach to Technical High Schools

In November 2006, the Connecticut Business & Industry Association received an $884,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help prepare technical high school and community college students for high-skill, high-wage careers in manufacturing.

 

Programs under the grant, called Pipeline from the Technical High Schools to the College of Technology, are designed to generate interest in manufacturing careers and give students the professional, academic, and technical competencies they need to succeed. Emphasis is placed on improving science and language skills so that remedial training will not be necessary for entry into college or the workforce.

 

Building a Better Pipeline

"Today's manufacturers require workers with more sophisticated skills, and students haven’t always received the appropriate training,” says Lauren Kaufman, executive director of CBIA’s Education Foundation.

 

To boost young people's skills and interest in manufacturing, CBIA's programs have strengthened the connection between classrooms and the world of work, introducing students and teachers to industry professionals and contemporary manufacturing environments. Programs include: