Changing Workforce

'Manufacturing is not dead' in Connecticut: 98% of grads find work after community college programs

By the Hartford Courant

May 26, 2016

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With manufacturing in Connecticut on the rebound, state officials pitched a community college program Wednesday intended to meet rising demand for workers.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, joined by officials from Connecticut's higher education system and the departments of labor and economic development and executives from Electric Boat and Sikorsky Aircraft, touted advanced manufacturing programs at several community colleges.

"Manufacturing is not dead and gone in Connecticut," Catherine Smith, commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, told an audience gathered at the East Hartford site of jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney. "I think for many years people thought it was. But it is clearly coming back."

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