250 students expected at May 3 exposition at Northwestern Connecticut Community College

While manufacturing is experiencing what many economists describe as a renaissance, it also is in the midst of an identity crisis. Organizers of a career expo in Winsted next week hope to change that by showing a new generation of workers what manufacturing is--and isn't.

Manufacture Your Future Learning Exposition

Friday, May 3, 2013

Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted

8:30 am12:30 pm

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

"Students thinking about potential careers, along with adults who influence their decisions--parents, teachers, and school counselors--often have an outdated view of manufacturing," she says. "They picture a dirty, noisy factory floor with low-skill production-line jobs. In fact, today's environment is made up of incredibly sophisticated technologies developed, programmed, and operated by highly trained employees."

She adds, "Connecticut manufacturers are innovating and competing on a global scale, and they need a talented, capable workforce to ensure their continued success. This expo helps young people see the career possibilities in manufacturing."

Coordinated by CBIA's Education Foundation on behalf of the RCNGM, Manufacture Your Future Learning Exposition brings together 20 leading Connecticut manufacturers and 250 students from 10 area high schools for a half-day of exhibits, career and education workshops, and networking. Participating manufacturers include Alcoa Howmet, Becton Dickinson, Dymax Corporation, ebm Papst, Edward Segal, Fairchild Automated Parts, Seitz Corporation, Unimetal, and Sterling Engineering.

Throughout the morning, students will see demonstrations, network with local manufacturers, and attend presentations on rapid prototyping, laser cutting, laser scanning, fuel cell technology, computer aided design, CNC machining, and more. They will also hear about Northwestern Connecticut Community College's manufacturing certificate program.

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

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CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with 10,000 members. For more information, contact Mary deManbey, program manager for CBIA's Education Foundation, at mary.demanbey@cbia.com or 860.244.1975.