Goodwin’s CPT Program Launch a Success
Goodwin College is moving forward with a remarkable new program designed to help employees earn the skills, credentials, and certification needed to advance in the field of high tech manufacturing.
On Friday, May 24, Congressman John Larson, Governor Dan Malloy, and a host of other leaders in manufacturing joined the College as the Certified Production Technician program was introduced. A large crowd of employers, state and local officials, and media packed the Community Room to learn more about the program.
Like other Goodwin initiatives, the program is designed specifically to help students get good-paying jobs in a field that is very much in demand. Connecticut has long been a leader in manufacturing, and with a generation of Baby Boomers entering retirement age, there are thousands of positions just waiting to be fulfilled by qualified and certified workers.
“The jobs are here,” said Gov. Malloy. “The question is, are we going to fill them with people from Connecticut? That’s what this program is all about.”
Congressman Larson has been instrumental in implementing the program, which has begun with a pilot class of students enrolled in hybrid courses. Curriculum includes instruction by industry veterans, online programming, and on-site training at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) in East Hartford. Once they complete the program, the students will earn certification through Manufacturing Skill Standards Certification.
“You need that collaborating in a focused manner,” said Congressman Larson. “This collaboration is going to lead us forward and create a legacy of jobs.”
Goodwin President Mark Scheinberg said that in the past, students had to choose to either attend college or entering the manufacturing workforce. By partnering with manufacturers, the College has created a program that marries the concepts of education and workforce training into a new concept.
“It doesn’t have to be a fork in the road,” Scheinberg said.
Richard Michalski, General Vice President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, compared the concept to continual training for medical workers. Just as doctors learn new skills and technologies to expand medicine, high tech manufacturers can make breakthroughs by continued training and education.
“We’re talking about perpetual learning here,” said Michalski. “We’re talking about applying it to the manufacturing environment.”
Michalski is retiring this year, and in recognition of all he has done for workers in his industry, Goodwin has created a scholarship in his name.
Elliot Ginsberg, CEO of CCAT, said the state has been patient in waiting for a program like this to come along.
“We are very thrilled and proud to be a partner in this program,” Ginsberg said.