Vice President Joe Biden Celebrates Goodwin College’s Manufacturing Initiatives

During an August 20 luncheon to discuss the future of the production workforce in the country, Vice President Joe Biden called the Manufacturing Program at Goodwin College an example for the nation’s schools.

“This initiative here at this college is actually the thing needed all across America,” Biden said of Goodwin’s Manufacturing Program and its partnership with local businesses.

The vice president met in one of the College’s manufacturing classrooms with state and local officials, manufacturing executives, Goodwin faculty, and students from the Manufacturing Program during an hour-long luncheon that featured a roundtable discussion on the development of the nation’s growing manufacturing workforce.

In response to the notion that other countries are taking the lead in this area, Biden asked, “Where is it written that America can’t be the leading manufacturer? Manufacturing is coming back to the United States of America.”

During his remarks, Biden said that the nation’s manufacturing industry had created 700,000 new jobs over the past six years. He added, however, that these new jobs require a new set of skills. “The jobs that were lost are not the [same] jobs that are coming back,” he said. “What we need here is technicians of a different nature.”

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, said that the state — thanks to partnerships like that between Goodwin and local manufacturers — was making strides towards growing the workforce of the future. “We have to do a better job in Connecticut of training our workforce,” Malloy said. “That’s why our relationship with a private, non-profit organizations like Goodwin is so important.”

The vice president said that while it might be difficult to make the leap to a new field, training programs like Goodwin’s are a great venue for change.

“You’re underemployed? You don’t like your job? Go back to school,” Biden said. “There’s always a way back. Take these courses.”

Four Goodwin College manufacturing students — Ron Gatchell, Derek Bylina, Roy Weaver, and Brittany Kannair — were asked to attend the luncheon to offer their perspectives on the need for skilled manufacturing workers, as well as the growth of Goodwin’s Manufacturing Program.

“From day one, they laid all the cards on the table to give the graduates federal, state, and local exposure,” Gatchell said about the College. “This is over and above what anyone expected. What other school have you seen that gives their students this kind of exposure?”

“At the end of the day, for the school to recognize our hard work is amazing,” Bylina said.

“The faculty cares about the program,” Kannair said, “and they recognize that we care about the program as well.”

The vice president praised Goodwin’s student representatives and the effort they’ve put in to pursue their careers.

He added that individuals can balance working a job with continuing their studies. “You can stay in the job you have [while getting] the skills you need to get a better position,” Biden said of the College’s Manufacturing Program. “These students did that.”

Following the luncheon, Goodwin’s Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, Cliff Thermer, stated, “We always hear when something goes amiss in manufacturing, but we never hear the positive stories about the resilience of the American workforce and the great careers to be found in this field. That’s the story we need to get out there. We’re hoping that the vice president’s visit today shines a light on these opportunities.”

To see photos from the Vice President’s visit, click here:

Goodwin College Farmers’ Market Returns on August 26

Goodwin College’s Riverside Farmers’ Market re-opens for its second season on Tuesday, August 26. The mission of the market is to give Connecticut growers a way to promote local products; to improve the variety and availability of fresh produce; and to increase awareness of nutrition among consumers.

The Farmers’ Market will be open to the public every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. through October 14 in the parking lot between 133 and 167 Riverside Drive in East Hartford. The market is a participant in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program for WIC and SNAP recipients and senior citizens.

Customers will find a variety of products including vegetables, seasonings, goat milk cheese and soap, BBQ sauce — even handmade jewelry. Among the vendors expected to participate are Eggcellent Seasonings, George Gee’s BBQ Sauce, Jim’s Ice Cream Truck, Oak Leaf Dairy, Unity Farm, and Via Vari. The market will also feature music, giveaways, and games.

Unity Farm has been participating in farmers’ markets for over 35 years. “Markets have become much more popular. People want to know where their produce is coming from. This is our opportunity to provide quality vegetables to the East Hartford community,” explained Kelly Jacobs of Unity Farms.

George Gee’s BBQ Sauce participated last year and continues to support the growing market. “People know what they’re getting when they come to Goodwin’s Riverside Market: organic ingredients they can read. I think this market will help people break out of their normal grocery store routine. And the atmosphere is wonderful — it’s located right along the Connecticut River,” said Aaron Duhart, son of owner George Duhart.

This year’s Farmers’ Market got a delayed start this year because of the unexpected passing in July of longtime Goodwin College employee Sandy Pearce, who had dedicated much of her time coordinating the initiative. “Sandy put an extraordinary amount of energy into creating this event for the community,” explains Charita Alston of Goodwin College. “We are proud and excited to be carrying on in her memory.”

Continuing with the theme of healthy living and community outreach, Goodwin has decided not to charge a booth fee for vendors at the Farmers’ Market, but asks that the vendors consider donating unsold food to the Transitions Food Bank, the College’s food pantry for students and families in need.

For more information, please contact Charita Alston at 860-727-6964 or

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Remembering Lynnette Engman

lLynnette Engman, former Goodwin student and cherished member of the Full Gospel Interdenominational Church, passed away on July 12, 2014. An ordained minister and mission director, Engman was involved in many of the church ministries and dedicated her life to helping the needy around the world.

In 1994, she co-founded the World-Wide Lighthouse Missions, Inc., whose mission is to “furnish support to persons in need throughout the world and to attempt to make a difference in the lives of persons who, with support and training, can reach a better way of life and a greater degree of self-sufficiency.”

She co-founded this organization to make an impact locally and globally. Her desire to attend school stemmed from her passion for helping others and from her high hopes for the organization.

In 2012, the organization received an invitation to take advantage of a tuition discount from Goodwin for Non-Profit Management. Engman, who had been out of school for more than 40 years, took advantage of this opportunity and dove wholeheartedly into her studies.

Adrienne Lautenbach, friend and executive at World-Wide Lighthouse Missions, Inc., admired Engman greatly for her view on life and all that she had done. “She was the most selfless person I have ever known. She always lived her life to help someone else,” she commented. “The reason she went back to school was to gain better tools to accomplish the dreams and visions she had for the World-Wide Lighthouse Missions, Inc.”

While in school, Engman was diagnosed with cancer, but even in the midst of this extremely difficult time she kept her faith and sense of humor and continued with school, making the Dean’s List every semester. Her diligence and dedication did not go unnoticed.

Engman was well respected by her teachers and peers alike. “Even through her illness, she was very dedicated and insisted on completing her work. I was very fortunate to have her as a student,” said Michael Rotondo, Associate Professor of Business.

Engman was known for mentoring all those she came in contact with, offering support, advice, and inspiration. “Everything she did in class she would apply in real life. She would ask if she could tweak the projects to fit her church’s mission work. I learned from her as much as she learned from me,” Mike Wolter, Management and Leadership Program Director, noted.

There are many projects that have yet to be realized from her vision, and it is World-Wide Lighthouse Missions, Inc.’s desire to see these through in the years to come. To continue Lynnette Engman’s legacy, donations can be made to: WWLM, PO Box 5010, Manchester, CT 06045-5010 or you can click here to make an online contribution in her honor.

By: Hannah Stacy

Returning To School at Goodwin

Tracey DeMilo 


It wasn’t long ago that I had my review at work and my supervisor told me I needed to go back to school. I was absolutely petrified because I thought that I didn’t belong with all the young students and I was afraid I wouldn’t be good enough. I decided to go to Goodwin and from the time I walked in the door to meet an admissions representative to the time I left I knew I made the right choice. The first class I took was math, which isn’t my best subject, but my professor was so patient and knowledgeable. He helped alleviate my fear of math and I knew after overcoming that, I could do anything else that was thrown my way. It is truly a challenge with school work, kids, and working full-time, but the professors at Goodwin are the best at what they do and really go the extra mile to help in any way possible. I’m not sure I would get the same treatment elsewhere. I still have a ways to go to obtain my degree, but I’ve had such an awesome experience so far. Goodwin has given me the confidence I didn’t know I had.

Navigating Goodwin

Saeed Moussa 


Goodwin College not only serves a diverse student population with career-focused degree programs that will lead to strong employment outcomes, it also operates under an open-access model, which seeks to admit all students who have academic potential, regardless of their past performances as well. Goodwin College made my dream of accessing top-notch tertiary education here in “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” come to fruition, as they gave me the platform to rise from grass to grace academically. Thus, my experience as an international student at Goodwin College so far has not only been awesome, mind-boggling, thought-provoking, breath-taking, and above all, heart-warming, but it has also been one which I will appreciate for the rest of my life. I will forever remain profoundly honored and exceedingly humbled to be part of this one-in-a-million opportunity to “navigate” my way towards a promising future.

The Goodwin Experience

Robin Jennings-Bowden 


I love Goodwin because it serves a diverse student population and offers classes that are career-focused and will provide me with a strong foundation for entering into the workforce. Goodwin offers flexible hours, Monday through Saturday, three semesters a year, making it easier to finish at an accelerated pace. Non-traditional students, like me, are able to fit education into a busy schedule while juggling a family and job. The financial aid department has made it possible for me to afford school to achieve my educational goals. Most importantly, I love that the culture includes being a good neighbor. Goodwin believes in giving back and instills that value in its students. The College stands out from other schools because of the three magnet schools on campus: Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, Connecticut River Academy, and the Pathways Academy of Technology and Design. There are few colleges that incorporate magnets schools into their community, which makes Goodwin so unique. My experience here has been wonderful. The staff is always willing to help and assist you with whatever you need. Goodwin has given me more than I can ever give back. Goodwin is now a part of my family.


5th Annual Tee Off With Women in Newington Benefits CRT, Interval House

1A Goodwin College team including Nicole Miller, Megan Monahan, Sandy Wirth, and Janet Jefford joined more than 100 women golfers as they hit the links at Indian Hill Country Club on July 29 to show their support for domestic violence survivors and the programs that assist them. Together, golfers and sponsors brought in $33,000 during the event. Proceeds will be divided evenly between Community Renewal Team and Interval House programs that aim to prevent domestic violence and assist survivors.

The tournament happened to be played on the same day that the 2014 Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee report was issued. The Fatality Review report made a series of recommendations to strengthen communication among agencies like CRT that come into contact with victims. This year alone saw 10 deaths in Connecticut from domestic violence.

CRT President and Chief Executive Officer Lena Rodriguez called the statistics staggering as she stated that across the country three women are killed each day.

“Events like this allow us to raise awareness along with critical funds that allow us and Interval House to keep doors open to women who come to us when they face a crisis,” she said. “’Tee Off’ also provides a great opportunity for women to help other women. And when that happens -when we support each other – great things can be done.”

Key domestic violence advocates were on hand to help promote awareness of the issue, including honorary chairwoman State Rep. Mae Flexer who is chair of the Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence at the Connecticut General Assembly. Flexer noted that one of four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. She said the public needs to stop asking why a woman stays with an abuser and start asking why that abuser thinks it’s acceptable to treat a woman in such a way.

“When someone gets robbed, we don’t ask why they didn’t donate all their money to charity. But when it’s about domestic violence, we blame the victim,” Flexer said.

The most compelling moments of the day came as Diana, a Farmington resident and a former client of Interval House, shared her story of escaping abuse, driving hundreds of miles with her three children and finding a safe place with Interval House, Connecticut’s largest emergency shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence. Today, she is focused on a pursuing a career, finishing her Bachelor’s Degree and enjoying a life with her children where she no longer feels afraid.

As golfers returned from the course they were treated to a great collection of raffle prizes, make overs, chair massages, handmade pottery and homemade cake balls and treats that were for sale before dinner was served.

Community Renewal Team’s domestic violence support programs help families leaving a shelter or violent relationship to establish safe and successful lives by providing transitional housing and support services through CRT’s intensive case management system. Assistance comes in many forms depending on the needs of the individual. Often times help offered includes: security deposit assistance, first month’s rent, subsidized food, clothing and transportation. Housing assistance continues to allow survivors to move in a safe, secure environment where they are able to function independently and at a higher capacity to meet their daily needs.

By offering scattered-site housing, the program empowers the individual to take control of their life back by allowing them to select the town or area within Hartford County in which they would like to live. Other CRT support services offered to participants in this program include job training, educational assistance, legal advocacy, safety planning, financial literacy training, support groups, crisis intervention, child care, and translation and transportation services.

Interval House runs a 24-hour emergency hotline. The hotline and their shelters are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Please see the Tee Off With Women webpage for photos and more information:

Community Renewal Team, Inc. is the designated Community Action Agency for Middlesex and Hartford Counties and is the largest non-profit provider of human services in Connecticut. The agency’s mission is Preparing Our Community to Meet Life’s Challenges. The mission is achieved each day by helping people and families become self-sufficient while making sure basic needs are met. CRT’s programs include Head Start, Meals on Wheels, energy assistance, supportive housing and shelters, and many others, serving people in more than 60 cities and towns in both our core catchment area and throughout Connecticut.

Goodwin College Manufacturing Career Fair

Goodwin College Manufacturing Career Fair

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Goodwin College
Community Room
One Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118


Job Seekers:
Meet Connecticut manufacturing employers and learn more about rewarding opportunities in CNC Machining, production, quality, logistics, and more. If you are in the market for a job or want to learn more about the manufacturing industry, this event is right for you. RSVP today at Employers registered for the fair as of August 12 include:

Advance Mold & Manufacturing Vision Technical Molding
Alpha Q, Inc.
BNL Industries
Clark Dietrich
CM Corporation
Colt Manufacturing
Connecticut Department of Labor
Connecticut Tool & Manufacturing
Deringer-Ney Inc.
EBM Papst
EvoAero Inc.
HAAS Factory Outlet
HFO Trident Machine Tools, LLC
Monroe Staffing
Okay Industries
PTI Ind. Inc.
QuEST Global
Technical Metal Finishing
Turbine Controls

Manufacturers interested in having a table at this event can RSVP via this online registration form by August 7. There is no registration fee for this event. The Career Fair will be advertised in the Hartford Courant, by the CT Department of Labor, and on the radio. Goodwin College students and graduates as well as local talent interested in manufacturing and logistics careers will be present.



On September 24, 25, and 26, 2014, the RN-BSN program at Goodwin College will have its first accreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE policy requires that institutions provide an opportunity for the program’s identified communities of interest (students, alumni, faculty, employers, etc.) to provide written input into the deliberations of the evaluation team. Written and signed third-party comments will be accepted by CCNE until August 25, 2014. Please send comments to: Catherine Sneed, Accreditation Coordinator, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036. Please contact Rosemary Hathaway, RN-BSN Program Director, at 860-727-6738 or with questions about the process.

Goodwin College Receives East Hartford Community Pride Award

BeautificationAward2014The Town of East Hartford recently recognized Goodwin College for its continuing contributions to the beautification of the local community. Patricia Ann Sirois, Chair of the East Hartford Beautification Commission, honored Goodwin at the July 15 Town Council meeting with the Community Pride Award for the beautiful landscaping of its Riverside Drive campus and other properties around town.

“We would like to congratulate you and your staff for the strong effort that has made the landscaping at all of the buildings of Goodwin College a pleasure to look at,” Sirois wrote in a congratulatory letter to the College.

Dan Larson, Assistant Vice President for Facilities at Goodwin, accepted the honor along with President Mark Scheinberg; Brian Beechinor, Director of Campus Realty and Grounds; Jerry Jarvis, Supervisor of Grounds; Conner Martin, Lead Groundskeeper; Groundskeepers Eric Todte and Brandon Boudreau; and landscape architect Christine Randazzo, designer for all of Goodwin’s properties.

“Part of the mission of the College has been to enrich our local communities and to become an integral participant,” Larson said. “This is part of that commitment.” Between 2013 and projects for 2014, Goodwin College has donated a total of $24,806 in landscaping design services and plant material for beautifying East Hartford. In 2013, the College provided $13,206 to projects at Alumni Park, Brewer House, Hockanum Elementary School, Mayberry Elementary School, and Wickham Library. This year, Goodwin has approved projects totaling $11,600 in design and plants for the Wickham Library, Raymond Public Library, East Hartford Public Golf Course, the Town Hall building front, and the Town Hall parking lot.

“I have been blessed that at this stage in my life I am able to work with a leadership team that recognizes the impact that a beautiful, clean, welcoming facility has on the environment in which students choose to learn,” Larson said. “The end result is a beautiful campus with access to the river that is a proud asset to both the College and the Town of East Hartford community. We are most appreciative of this recognition.”


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