Over 400 students to attend May 9 exposition at Housatonic Community College

The College of Technology's Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, in partnership with Housatonic Community College's Manufacturing Technology Center, brings the future workforce of Connecticut together with state businesses.

Manufacture Your Future

Friday, May 9, 2014

Housatonic Community College

8:30 am1 pm

Dr. Karen Wosczyna-Birch, executive director of the Connecticut College of Technology's Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (COT - RCNGM), a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence, explains the rationale behind the event.

"Connecticut manufacturers are innovating and competing on a global scale, and they need a talented, capable workforce to ensure their continued success," she said. "This expo helps young peopleand those who influence their decisions like teachers and school counselorslearn more and experience firsthand the exciting career possibilities in manufacturing."

Coordinated by CBIA's Education Foundation on behalf of the COT - RCNGM, "Manufacture Your Future" brings together 24 leading Connecticut manufacturers and over 400 students from 16 area high schools for a half-day of exhibits, career and education workshops, and networking.

Throughout the morning, students will see the manufacturing process in action at HCC's new advanced manufacturing center, which was funded by the state of Connecticut to create programs that address the need for highly skilled manufacturing workers.

The Center was developed after HCC was chosen as one of three Connecticut community colleges in 2012 to receive a portion of state funding, totaling $18 million, to develop an advanced manufacturing center to address the need for highly skilled manufacturing workers.

The expo is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation awarded to the Connecticut College of Technology to establish the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM).

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CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with 10,000 member companies. For more information, please contact Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957; meaghan.macdonald@cbia.com) or visit the CBIA Newsroom.