Connecticut preparing for a bright future in manufacturing

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one in nine Connecticut workers is employed at one of more than 4,700 manufacturing companies that call Connecticut home. Manufacturing sectors serviced here run the gambit from aerospace, submarines, defense, biomedical, power and other advanced industries.

Helping to ensure students are prepared to meet the future needs of these industrial sectors is Housatonic Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in Bridgeport. As part of its manufacturing curriculum, the Center trains tomorrow’s leaders of Connecticut’s manufacturing workforce on the skills needed to compete for innovative and rewarding careers where they can expect to earn annual salaries of $35-$40k.

Bigelow Tea, the 75-year, family owned company headquartered in Fairfield has been a proponent of the area’s institutions of higher learning, and longtime supporter of Housatonic Community College.

The Quaser UX300 is controlled through a programing language referred to as CNC (Computer Numerical Control) that permits five independent movements to take place simultaneously. It allows for the complex geometries used in aerospace and the medical industries where intricate parts are made for jet engines, helicopters, even life-enhancing knee and hip socket replacements. 

Together with Bigelow Tea, Housatonic Community College is working to ensure that the future is bright for Connecticut manufacturing and its workforce.

To learn more about the College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center or any of its many courses, visit http://www.housatonic.edu/

Shown here (right to left) next to a Quaser UX300 CNC 5 Axis Machine on which students are trained, are Joe Duhaime, the Center’s Director, Cindi Bigelow, Bigelow Tea’s CEO & President, and Bruce Ennis, who serves as Bigelow Tea’s VP Human Resources and HCC Foundation Board member.  

Shown here (right to left) next to a Quaser UX300 CNC 5 Axis Machine on which students are trained, are Joe Duhaime, the Center’s Director, Cindi Bigelow, Bigelow Tea’s CEO & President, and Bruce Ennis, who serves as Bigelow Tea’s VP Human Resources and HCC Foundation Board member.

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