Thefollowing is an excerpt from an article by Bill Fallon that originally appeared in the Fairfield County Business Journal.
Edwina Lucenius was a successful executive secretary in New Jersey when family obligations brought her home to Stratford. There, she found her skills in low demand and she sought a different direction.
She found a very different direction.
A year after entering Housatonic Community College’s advanced manufacturing program, Lucenius today works for RBC-Heim Bearings in Fairfield where she is involved in the nondestructive testing of metals, specializing in magnetic particle inspection. She works with microscopes, high-tech fluids and black lights.
Lucenius had been told manufacturing was a man’s world — she’s the first female to graduate the Housatonic program, which itself is a year old — but has found the reality more nuanced. She said, yes, manufacturing is dominated by men, but she also said, “Everything depends on the people. At Heim Bearings there is an incredibly open culture and an international mix of men and women.”