U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) held a roundtable discussion with Asnuntuck Community College students, professors, and area manufacturers to discuss the importance of training and education to growing the manufacturing workforce in Connecticut. Senator Murphy is a member of the U.S. Senate Manufacturing Jobs for America initiative. State Representative David Alexander and Dr. Gregory W. Gray, President of the Board of Regents, which governs the 17 Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU) was also in attendance at the event.
Dr. Gray told the audience that the ConnSCU system is committed to re-engaging the state’s community colleges to have a career focus. He said this plan will help turn-out a high quality workforce. Senator Murphy said the number of manufacturing jobs is increasing across the country. “Connecticut wants to be a part of the wave,” said the Senator.
Senator Murphy heard from manufacturers that serve on ACC’s MTC Advisory Boards, provide paid internships to ACC’s MTC Students and employ the college’s MTC graduates. The Senator then toured the college’s manufacturing facilities, heard from MTC faculty and learned more about the college’s expansion plans in the MTC area, from Interim President Jim Lombella.