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High School / College Collaboration Supports Manufacturing Career Paths For Students

A group of Plainville High School students recently spent the day learning about 21st century careers in manufacturing at "Manufacturing Awareness Day" held at Middlesex Community College. The program highlighted the growth of manufacturing in Connecticut, the opportunities available for career paths into manufacturing, and the chance for students to meet with and discuss the latest technology, equipment and jobs available throughout the manufacturing sector. Representatives from companies including Pratt and Whitney, Forrest Machine, Precision Grinding, Wepco Plastics, Ripley Tool, and more, attended the event and spoke to students about their products, companies and employment possibilities.

According to Unified Arts faculty members David Gaignard and Mark Chase, who accompanied the students, the field trip is part of a comprehensive focus at Plainville High School on sharing information and resources relative to opportunities in the manufacturing industry, and getting students interested in pursuing career paths in manufacturing. Another example of this focus is the recent formation of a partnership between Middlesex Community College and Plainville High School. Students are able to earn college credits through their coursework at Plainville High School beginning with the CAD and Design course. According to Gaignard, "Manufacturing provides approximately 10% of the jobs in the state of Connecticut and there is a shortage of skilled labor in this sector. Today's manufacturing jobs require a much different set of skills than in years past. Products today are made with 3D Printers, Sintering machines, Lasers, CNC machines, automation and robotics. These technologies allow designers and companies to enhance the quality of the product and the efficiency of the process."

Chase shared, "We are very fortunate at PHS to be able to provide students with the opportunity to use current software, technology and equipment that is common in industry today. These practical, real world experiences will help to prepare and introduce students to the many manufacturing opportunities in high demand careers available in today's global society."

"I applaud Mr. Gaignard and Mr. Chase for providing our students with such valuable opportunities. Their work is right in line with our district goal of insuring all of our students are college and career ready by graduation," said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett.

-Posted on May 26, 2017 at 10:28 AM


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