Goodwin College to Launch New Manufacturing Education Initiative
Goodwin College is set to unveil a new manufacturing initiative designed to help the state of Connecticut meet a critical need for a credentialed and skilled workforce.
Friday, May 24, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) and Governor Dannel P. Malloy are expected to join state and local officials and area leaders in manufacturing to announce the initiative. Press is encouraged to attend the event, which will take place at One Riverside Drive in East Hartford at 11 a.m. in the Community Room.
High-tech manufacturing is at a critical point in Connecticut. In 2011, there were more than 22,000 manufacturing jobs advertised in the state, with figures expected to rise dramatically as a generation of credentialed and skilled workforce retires over the next five to ten years. As Baby Boomers reach the end of their careers, they leave with years of institutional knowledge and skill that is essential to a healthy, vibrant workforce.
Goodwin College’s new initiative seeks to help employees advance in their careers through training and credentials necessary. In early May, Goodwin launched a Certified Production Technician (CPT) pilot class of students seeking credentials through Manufacturing Skill Standards Certification (MSSC), an industry leader in training and certification.
All instructors are MSSC certified and students are earning credits through the CPT program, featuring a hybrid curriculum of courses both in the classroom and through interactive virtual simulation. This 6-credit certificate program is comprised of four modules including, Safety, Quality Practices and Measurement, Manufacturing Process and Production and Maintenance Awareness.
At the May 24 launch, the College and officials will explain the need for this initiative and its benefits. For more information, visit the webpage for the Certificate in Manufacturing and Production Program.