BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College will hold an open house for its new Regional Advanced Manufacturing Center Friday, October 26.
“The open house will give manufacturers, prospective students and the general public the opportunity to see the lab up close and talk with students who are enrolled in the center’s Advanced Manufacturing Program,” said HCC Academic Coordinator Bill Griffin, who is spearheading the development of the center and its programs. “It will provide a glimpse of the computer-driven equipment that students will be trained to operate.”
The Center, which is funded in part through a $17.8 million grant for three such centers in the state, will feature an advanced manufacturing laboratory and engineering design studio to support the college’s credit and non-credit manufacturing courses. It will serve students in a 43-town area that extends from the New York State line to the Connecticut River and north to the Middletown, Meriden and Danbury areas.
“Manufacturing in the area and the nation is leading economic growth,” he added. “Through the application of state-of-the-art technology, manufacturers are more competitive, but they need to hire more workers with advanced manufacturing skills. HCC’s new manufacturing program is designed to meet this industry need.”
The Advanced Manufacturing Program that will prepare students for manufacturing positions that include machine operator, CNC (Computer Numeric Control) operator, CNC programmer, assembler, and Quality Control inspector that can pay in the $15-$20 per-hour range. Jobs will be awaiting the students when they graduate.
The year-long program, which requires a 35-hour-per-week commitment from students, will lead to two certificates, a basic manufacturing certificate and an advanced manufacturing certificate. Both certificate tracks are financial-aid eligible.
The open house will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the C-Wing Atrium in Lafayette Hall, which is adjacent to the center.
The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Academic Coordinator Bill Griffin at 203-332-5056.
HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, a block from the Harbor Yard sports complex. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.