Chairman of Nationwide Manufacturing Certification Council Presents Certificates to Goodwin Students
As part of its ongoing initiatives to promote manufacturing job growth in Connecticut, Goodwin College was proud to host Leo Reddy in a series of talks from September 16 to 18. Reddy, the Chairman and CEO of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), made numerous guest appearances on campus and throughout the state to promote manufacturing credentials.
Reddy spoke with high school guidance counselors and local business leaders in an effort by the MSSC to create a dialogue to bridge the gap between education and industry. Reddy said that the future of manufacturing was currently walking the halls of our high schools. Despite manufacturing’s outdated reputation as a less desirable profession, today’s manufacturers actually require a highly skilled, highly trained workforce that can move throughout the industry as marketplace demands change.
“It’s not getting the certification or the degree,” Reddy said. “It’s not either/or — it’s both. You have to have an agile, flexible workforce that can adapt to new technologies.”
Reddy praised Goodwin College’s efforts in manufacturing education, saying that the College’s program was an exemplary model of the kind of positive relationship needed between educators, industry, and government.
“Goodwin College is doing more with our MSSC program than any other college in the country,” Reddy said. Goodwin is currently the only college in Connecticut that offers MSSC certification.
“We’re known for getting our students jobs,” Nick Lentino, Goodwin’s Assistant Vice President for Enrollment, said. “We’re teaching the new technology. We’re getting ahead of the supply chain.”
Lentino said that students could have the opportunity, through partnership programs with the College, to begin earning manufacturing credentials while still in high school.
Reddy also spoke to several students who were continuing their manufacturing education at Goodwin, personally presenting those who had completed their initial certifications with their MSSC certificates.
“You are the future of the industry’s needs,” Reddy told the students. “You’ve worked hard to be here, and this shows that you are the gold standard of the manufacturing workforce.”
Reddy appeared on WTIC’s “Mornings with Ray Dunaway” radio show and commented that other parts of the country have already embraced the certification concept and that it is just beginning to take hold in New England.
Reddy wrapped up his visit to Connecticut by sharing his message with local business leaders at an East Hartford Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at Goodwin College.
Darryl Kenney, the first MOVE or WISE student to ever get into Goodwin’s Nursing program, has big plans for his future.
His ultimate goal is to become a flight nurse, a highly trained registered nurse who provides care to patients aboard helicopters or aircraft, or as Kenney likes to call it “an ambulance in the sky.”
Once he was accepted into the MOVE program, Kenney felt ready to start his college career. The program not only helped him financially, but also in ways he could have never imagined.
“The MOVE program was everything I envisioned and more. Without MOVE I wouldn’t have been exposed to the opportunities I’ve been given.”
Getting into the Nursing program was a challenge that he happily accepted. Working hard and balancing responsibilities are challenges with which Kenney is very familiar, having juggled four jobs and school. Kenney also took on the responsibility of mentoring three younger MOVE students whom he calls “little brothers.”
“They’ve been through many of the same life-changing experiences I’ve been through. It’s exciting to watch them grow and see their success.”
The Nursing program is exposing him to the type of fast-paced, high-intensity environment he hopes to thrive in once he graduates.
The MOVE and Nursing programs have not only helped Kenney become more of a leader, but they’ve also helped him stay on track and remain focused on his personal success.
“Goodwin has given me a different outlook on life and education. It’s a place where you can grow.”
By: Hannah Stacy
On Monday, September 22, at 9:00 a.m., Goodwin College will welcome civil rights icon James E. Clyburn, the nation’s highest ranking African American in the U.S. Congress, for a discussion about his recently published memoir, Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black. The book traces Congressman Clyburn’s ascent from the Jim Crow-era South to highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. The event will be held in the Goodwin College Auditorium, One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT. and is free of charge and open to the public.
The Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) hosted their annual Women Invested in Securing an Education (WISE) and Men of Vision in Education (MOVE) new student orientation on Wednesday, August 27. The program welcomed 56 new WISE/MOVE students and their parents to the Goodwin College Campus. The largest incoming class since the program began in the fall of 2008.
This year’s orientation was run differently than in previous years. Under the supervision of WISE Coordinator Latanya Kennedy, the current WISE /MOVE students took the lead and guided the hour-long breakout sessions. “The older students provided guidance and leadership while presenting on the benefits of the programs. They encompassed the true meaning of giving back,” said Kennedy.
During the breakout sessions, incoming students learned first-hand what it means to be a WISE/MOVE student, as senior members introduced the concepts of REAL (Respect, Empowerment, Accountability, and Leadership) and ROAD (Responsibility, Opportunity, Accountably, and Dedication), the WISE/MOVE core principals. In addition to discussing the program’s core principals, incoming students engaged in rich conversation with current students as they shared their personal experiences in the programs.
Parents were treated to an interactive activity that highlighted the demands their students will face in the first year of college. Aaron Isaacs, the Director of EOP, led parents in an experiential activity that focused on student growth, while balancing education, life, and family. “I wanted an opportunity to engage parents as an extended support network and help them understand the critical role they play in their child’s collegiate success,” Isaacs noted.
On behalf of Goodwin College’s Board of Trustees, Dr. John Walters provided the closing remarks for the event; he emphasized to students the importance of taking advantage of this life-changing opportunity and utilizing the supports that Goodwin College offers. Students and parents left the event excited and eager to start the fall semester.
Written by: Kelsey Woodford, EOP Community Consultant and VISTA AmeriCorps Volunteer
Edwin Castro, 2011 Goodwin College Human Services graduate and part of the first Men of Vision in Education (MOVE) graduating class, enrolled in school with the specific goal of working with and helping teenage boys. With a degree in hand, he is now living that dream.
Castro has been working as a case manager at the Village for Families and Children in Hartford for almost three years. Castro helps to support the Village’s mission of building a “community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children” by providing young fathers ages 15 and up with the parenting skills they need to build a healthy family environment.
Castro takes these young men under his wing during a five-year period, during which he watches the families learn and grow. “I’m doing what I want to do,” he stated.
In 2008, as an expectant father himself, Castro chose to enroll in school with very little support from his family. Being the first in his family to attend college, he needed extra support and encouragement.
“I needed a lot of extra help. All of the teachers at Goodwin have a common goal and that’s to see their students succeed no matter what,” Castro noted.
Being a part of the MOVE program helped Castro a great deal financially and his mentors made a lasting impression. One of his mentors worked at the Village, where Castro was offered an internship and later a full-time job, before he had even graduated from the program.
“My family understands now why it was so important to me to receive an education,” Castro commented.
Aaron Isaacs, Goodwin’s Director of Educational Opportunity Programs, provided a strong foundation for Castro to succeed.
“I always felt comfortable asking Aaron for help. He always listened to me about my struggles. I see myself in his shoes now. It’s come full circle,” Castro said.
Castro uses many of his own life experiences and the lessons he learned at Goodwin through his classes and mentors to be the best employee and individual he can be.
By: Hannah Stacy
Goodwin College is developing a mentoring program that will pair Goodwin alumni from various programs with current students looking for educational and professional advice.
The program will offer alumni the chance to share their insight, guidance, and experience with current students to provide a holistic environment that will allow them to succeed.
Vanessa Pergolizzi, Student Engagement Associate, Nasreen Mustafa, Career Counselor, and Michael Wolter, Management and Leadership Program Director, are spearheading this significant program set to launch in 2015.
“I’ve learned from my years as a mentor and a mentee that having someone to help prepare you, guide you, develop you, and be a resource to you as you enter into the workforce is a huge benefit. A program like this will not only enhance the Goodwin brand, but give our students the edge to succeed,” Wolter stated.
For each new generation of students to thrive, they need support, encouragement, and vision. Being a mentor provides rewarding opportunities to pass on valuable life skills and is a meaningful way to continue to stay connected and leave a lasting mark.
Pergolizzi, a 2007 graduate of Central Connecticut State University, is a great example of what it means to give back and stay involved. She was approached by her alma mater to join their mentoring program, the Central Sophomore Initiative, and graciously accepted the offer.
She was paired with CCSU student and mentee Victoria Orozco, who is currently in the exploration stage and development process of her journey, like many young college students. Orozco joined the program to learn more about the types of careers offered and to get a feel for life after college and had the opportunity to job shadow Pergolizzi in her role at Goodwin.
“Coming to Goodwin really opened my eyes. I learned new ways to network and get involved,” Orozco noted.
Through this program, Pergolizzi was able to pass on her knowledge and expertise to a student who was looking for direction, encouragement, and assistance.
“It feels good to be instrumental in nurturing a student’s goals and aspirations and to be a part of shaping them into unique individuals,” Pergolizzi noted.
From a career viewpoint, students will put themselves in a much more marketable position by joining a mentoring program. Employers are looking for students who are involved, active in their growth, and motivated to learn and succeed.
“Students will receive exposure to a variety of opportunities, ranging from job shadowing, career preparation workshops, and outreach opportunities. The program will ultimately lead our students to achieve success beyond graduation,” Mustafa stated.
If you would like to learn more about the mentoring program or how to get involved, please contact Vanessa Pergolizzi at email@example.com or 860-913-2160.
By: Hannah Stacy
The Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Board of Examiners for Nursing has announced its renewal of the accreditation of Goodwin College’s program for the associate degree in Nursing. This process, which is conducted every five years, includes a self-study of 17 different criteria and regulations that all pre-licensure nursing programs are required to address. It also includes an appearance before the Board to answer any additional questions and is in addition to accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The next ACEN renewal will take place in 2018 and the next State renewal in 2019. Congratulations to all who took part in this study!
Two Goodwin College Histology students recently received scholarship awards from the National Society of Histotechnology. Current student Catherine Sikora received the Dako Student Scholarship, offered to members in approved schools of histotechnology and awarded based on academic ability and financial need. Graduate Colleen Huddleston received the Ventana Immunohistochemistry Scholarship Award, presented to a qualified applicant who is pursuing advanced education within the histotechnology profession with a specific interest in immunohistochemistry. The Ventana Award is given to students based on working achievement, merit, and/or academic success. Congratulations to Catherine and Colleen!
Rebecca Whiting, Goodwin College RN-To-BSN program alumna, 2014 valedictorian, and current clinic nurse for the Department of Surgery, Vascular, and Plastics at the UConn Health Center, shares her experience at Goodwin College:
“Since becoming a nurse over eight years ago, I’ve noticed an increase in the encouragement for nurses to obtain a BSN degree. There is ongoing research in the field as it pertains to the care patients receive from BSN-educated nurses as opposed to those with only associate degrees.
Furthermore, I feel our communities deserve to be cared for by nurses who have a well-rounded background in nursing and who have been educated not only on the clinical aspects of nursing, but also on the socio-economic, cultural, and business components of health care that one receives through BSN studies.
I became motivated to go back to school for my BSN when I saw fellow nurse co-workers pursuing higher degrees of education. I knew I wanted a career in nursing management or health care administration, which requires a BSN at the very minimum.
UConn Health is very encouraging of their nurses to pursue higher levels of education and I’m grateful to have worked with managers who were understanding and supportive while I was attending Goodwin.
Once I made up my mind to attend Goodwin, my motivation to achieve this goal became more personal. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it and do it to the best of my ability. I pushed myself more than ever before.
Goodwin understands its community and knows that students need to continue to work while attending school. The RN-To-BSN courses are mostly online, so I was able to work full-time and still have time to focus on school.
The faculty members are caring, enthusiastic, smart, compassionate, competent mentors and leaders. They truly want students to succeed and it shows. Rosemary Hathaway, RN-To-BSN Program Director, is one of the most sincere and enthusiastic people I’ve met. The program truly made me a better nurse.
I used to wonder what else could I learn with a bachelor’s degree that I didn’t already know having been in the hospital setting for over five years. What a naïve thought! From my first course at Goodwin to the last, I learned how to be a more culturally competent, well-rounded, and enthusiastic nurse. I have a drive more so now than ever before to take part in making great changes in how health care is represented and delivered.
I currently work with nine physicians and four medical assistants. I see clients for preoperative education and wound care assessments and treatments. I oversee the medical assistants and am responsible for clinic flow and triage phone calls that come into the office daily from clients or other health care agencies.
I am starting master’s courses this fall. My BSN degree has been significant in continuing to my education, and it also elevated my desire to want to learn more, see more, and experience more.”
After a year of hard work and dedication, Goodwin College celebrated the inaugural class of its Manufacturing and Production and 18-credit certificate program at a presentation ceremony on August 27 in its main campus building on Riverside Drive in East Hartford. The recipients, their families, and friends gathered with faculty, administrators, and local business leaders for what was referred to as a “milestone moment” for the students as well as the College.
“As the first class of students, you had to be flexible, but you proved to us it’s possible,” Goodwin president Mark Scheinberg said. “You had faith in us when we showed you an idea. I’d like to return that faith and commitment to you.”
Goodwin began its manufacturing program as part of its ongoing effort to focus on growing — and keeping — jobs in Connecticut. These inaugural students earned nationally recognized, portable credentials from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), an industry leader in workforce certification, as part of their academic program.
“There became a need for people to participate in manufacturing, but there were no bridges to the jobs being offered,” Scheinberg said. “The lack of trade people threatened the industrial base and union. Goodwin had the opportunity to be that glue.”
Goodwin began its manufacturing program after conversations with Congressman John Larson, who also attended Wednesday’s ceremony.
“Dignity comes from work and making things — engineering, designing, and tooling them,” Larson said. “Your ability to improve yourself and gain credentials will serve you, the state, and the nation well.”
Larson recalled the early meeting at which partnerships between government, business, and educational organizations were discussed. “ And that was only 28 months ago,” he said.
He offered that collaboration and commitment were the keys to launching the new Goodwin programs. “No one can do what Goodwin has done.”
Quickly correcting himself, he added “Anyone can do what Goodwin has done — if they have the extraordinary vision.”
Manufacturing Program Adminstrator Chip Thermer, Asst. Professor and Director of Manufacturing Management Al Pucino, and Asst. Professor Steve Socolosky handed the hard-earned certificates to the 14 inaugural graduates of the program. Along with the MSSC certification, the graduates earned 18 credits that can be used towards furthering their education and career aspirations at Goodwin College.
“You are not only pioneers, but ambassadors for the manufacturing industry,” Cliff Thermer, Assistant Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at Goodwin, said. “Tell your story. We are so happy to be a part of your career. Thank you for trusting us.”
Also in attendance were Elliot Ginsberg, president and CEO of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, and Rick Warters, vice president of Industrial Relations at Pratt and Whitney.
The following individuals earned their certificates: Tomasz Banas (town), Derek Bylina (town), Daniel Corthell (town), Nicholas Cremonie (town), Ronald Gatchell (town), Richard Hill (town), Paul Mitchell (town), Doan Nguyen (town), Abner Pena (town), Nehemias Pena (town), Frank Quatrella (town), Edwin Vasquez (town), Anthony Vo (town), Rory Weaver (town).