It’s just barely August, but not too early to begin thinking about October and its fairs, food, football games, and … Manufacturing Month in Connecticut. Part of the “Connecticut. Dream It. Do It.” initiative, the month long celebration also aligns with a nationwide effort to help promote educational and career pathways in manufacturing.

Many manufacturers in the state say they need skilled workers to fill open positions and they want to make sure a pipeline of talent continues well into the future. Getting young people interested in the good jobs, good wages and great opportunities in manufacturing is a key goal of Manufacturing Month.

Everything officially kicks off with National Manufacturing Day, Friday, Oct. 4, and a “Manufacturing Mania” event that will take place in southeastern Connecticut (location to be announced).

The Mania will be a showcase for students, their families and teachers to learn how Connecticut-made products impact and improve their lives every day. Among other events being planned are open houses at technical high schools and manufacturing facilities across the state.

CBIA is participating as a Manufacturing Month partner. For more information, contact Karen Jarmon, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc., at 860.282.4211 or kjarmon@ccat.us.