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CSCU announces new advanced manufacturing program for unemployed, under employed

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A new program was announced on Wednesday to help the unemployed, underemployed and other residents go to Connecticut state colleges and universities.

Mark E. Ojakian, who is the president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, said the goal of their new advanced manufacturing program is get people a job or a better job.

Students will be trained in the careers in aerospace, defense, biomedical technology as well as other manufacturing fields.

“Often times, going back to school to get a better job is not even considered because it’s too costly or inaccessible,” Ojakian said in a statement on Wednesday. “Yet, seven community colleges across the state of Connecticut have a 10-month certificate program with 98% job placement upon completion that is affordable and comes with financial assistance.”  

Emails will be sent out weekly by the Connecticut Department of Labor to anyone in the CTHires system. The emails will have information about how to enroll in the advanced manufacturing program at Connecticut State Colleges and Universities. For more information on CTHires, click here

The following items will be dedicated to people who apply for the program:  

  • financial aid
  • scholarships
  • tuition reimbursement
  • CTDOL training-related funding

“Now, along with CTDOL we’re offering one-on-one assistance with the enrollment process with the goal of training as many residents as possible for jobs we know are available. The reality is our partners — employers in the advanced manufacturing industry — are looking for highly-skilled workers right now,” Ojakian said.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman called advanced manufacturing “an important industry and economic driver.”

“Connecticut has long prided itself on being a national leader in aerospace and defense. I applaud Commissioner Jackson and BOR President Ojakian for creating this opportunity—it’s exactly the kind of innovative partnership that helps us keep the best talent in our state,” Wyman said in a statement on Wednesday.

Fall classes start on Aug. 29. The classes will be held at the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Bridgeport, Danielson, Enfield, Manchester, Middletown, Naugatuck and Norwich.

To learn more about the advanced manufacturing program, click here

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