CBIA BizCast host Ali Warshavsky speaks with Penn Globe president Marcia LaFemina about her plans to transform a New Haven building into a manufacturing training center. 

LaFemina applied for a grant to rehabilitate a vacant building in the Fair Haven neighborhood and create a place of opportunity for area residents struggling to find a career path.

If the grant is approved, she said Penn Globe employees, as well as other manufacturers in the state, will be hired to train students there. 

“It makes sense to have manufacturers training manufacturing students,” LaFemina said. 

“That's not always the way that it is. A lot of time it's educators or others learning to teach the students. The idea was to get a broader scope of the manufacturing experience– that manufacturers are actually teaching.” 

LaFemina said most of the manufacturers who will train students will be bilingual. The students will produce components for many industries in Connecticut making it financially possible to keep the program running.

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