Goodwin College’s Manufacturing Program Grants Certification to its Inaugural Manufacturing Class
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).