Governor Ned Lamont on Tuesday, September 24th toured Asnuntuck Community College’s more than 50,000 square feet of Advanced Manufacturing Technology space during a recent visit to the campus. The Governor, joined by CSCU President Mark Ojakian; North-West Regional President Dr. James Lombella; ACC CEO Michelle Coach; Dean of Advanced Manufacturing Mary Bidwell, and additional officials from the college on the tour. Prior to the tour, Governor Lamont had addressed more than 200 guests attending the Enfield Economic Development Breakfast held in Asnuntuck’s Conference Center.
During the tour the Governor spoke to current students, visited the 11,000 square foot machining lab with its 90 CNC and manual machines, saw the state-of-the-art additive manufacturing lab, witnessed a demonstration in the metrology lab, and was shown the state-of the art computer labs in several of the classrooms.
“With more than 25,000 skilled workers needed in the next two decades, the advanced manufacturing technology centers at Connecticut community colleges offer the opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to find a rewarding career in our state,” said Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian, who participated in the tour. He added, “Governor Lamont has prioritized workforce development, and our public institutions of higher learning are proud to be a partner in those efforts.”
Officials at the college shared information on the multitude of partnerships the college has established with area manufacturers and businesses, including Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, Eppendorf and Stanley Black & Decker. The Governor learned of the $600,000 pledged by private manufacturers since 2015. “Asnuntuck was pleased to be able to showcase to the Governor how partnerships, between various manufacturers and organizations, including the Aerospace Components Manufacturers, Inc. (ACM), and the advanced manufacturing programs and centers at Connecticut’s Community Colleges, have been invaluable. These relationships are providing the State of Connecticut with a strong workforce for all facets of manufacturing,” Dr. James Lombella, Connecticut Community Colleges’ North-West Region President.
Governor Lamont was told of the 98 percent job placement rate for Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC) program graduates and the 202% increase in credit enrollment for the program since 2010. The officials shared that the typical starting hourly rate for certificate graduates ranges from $18-$30, with very little out of pocket debt for graduates due to the readily available paid internships and the financial aid available. “Asnuntuck was honored to provide Governor Lamont with a tour of the advanced manufacturing technology facilities,” said CEO Michelle Coach. “We have a world class teaching facility, and we strive to educate all students—whether new or retraining for the workforce.” The college by retraining Connecticut’s workforce has brought in $1.6 million in AMTC incumbent worker business and industry revenue since 2015.
Visit Asnuntuck.edu to learn more. Call Paul Felici at 860-253-3189 for more information and to schedule a tour.