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In addition to the reporting by Connecticut Public Radio that appears below, Connecticut Public Television has produced two video series that focus on manufacturing in our state:Made in Connecticut profiles some of Connecticut's local manufacturing businesses, from high-tech to handmade.Making the Future introduces us to some Connecticut youth pursuing careers in manufacturing and the trades. This series was produced as part of the American Graduate: Getting to Work project with support form the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Advanced Manufacturing Courses Push for 300 Jobs in 300 Days

Harriet Jones
The advanced manufacturing course at Asnuntuck Community College was the first of its kind in the state.

Connecticut’s state college system is partnering with some of the state’s biggest manufacturers in an attempt to place graduates directly into open positions. 

The partnership will kick off with a push called 300 Jobs, 300 Days, which will aim to boost enrollment in the state’s advanced manufacturing courses.

These courses can prepare students for a job within ten months.

Governor Dannel Malloy said in the near future, as workers retire and manufacturing expands, thousands of jobs will become available.

"I want them to go to Connecticut residents," he told his audience at the kick-off event for the program. "I want to make sure that we have the training programs available to them. We want to make sure our people are fully employed in really good jobs, with really good pay and really good benefits, and that's what we need to do."

President of the state college system, Mark Ojakian, emphasized that more than 90 percent of advanced manufacturing graduates go straight into employment.

"Our goal is to expand the size and scope of our programs, substantially increasing the number of students graduating,” said Ojakian.

Manufacturers involved in the partnership include Pratt and Whitney, Sikorsky, and Electric Boat.

Harriet Jones is Managing Editor for Connecticut Public Radio, overseeing the coverage of daily stories from our busy newsroom.

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