EAST HARTFORD — Goodwin College is joining the state’s community colleges and four-year universities in offering classes to prepare students to go to work for the state’s manufacturers, who employ more than 165,000 people.
There are 28,000 fewer manufacturing jobs in this state than there were four years ago, the lowest point since the recession began. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spoke Friday at a celebration of the new program, which began in May. He told a crowd of well-wishers at the East Hartford college that the “the jobs are here. The jobs are coming in greater numbers. Are we going to be able to fill them with people from Connecticut?”
Goodwin, unlike Manchester and Asnuntuck, has not bought CNC machines for its students, but they will have the opportunity to get hands-on practice on machines at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, also in East Hartford, or at one of the businesses that is advising Goodwin on manufacturing employers’ needs.
The full text of the article, written by Mara Lee of the Hartford Courant, can be found here.