Manufacturing Today
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Getting Firsthand Exposure to the Industry
Anyone who steps into a Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. event will see an array of students engaged and excited to learn about manufacturing and future careers.

Boys and girls are participating in hands-on, teambased activities and getting firsthand exposure to industry and education exhibitors. It’s no question that these high-energy events are making a difference in the way that students, parents, and educators look at today’s advanced manufacturing.

Connecticut. Dream It. Do It., licensed and led by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), and supported with financing from the state Department of Economic and Community Development’s Manufacturing Innovation Fund, is part of The Manufacturing Institute’s nationwide campaign to create a positive image of manufacturing today and to develop an awareness of the variety of rewarding career opportunities it offers.

The October Manufacturing Month events, along with summer and school-year manufacturing-themed programming, are critical in developing the next generation of skilled manufacturing workers to fill the workforce pipeline. In addition to delivering its own programs, Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. also takes part in statewide career fairs, expos, and events held throughout the year.

October Officially Proclaimed Manufacturing Month

This month marked the sixth annual “Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Manufacturing Month.” Officially proclaimed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, it recognizes the importance of manufacturing to Connecticut’s economic prosperity.

Manufacturing Month featured a broad range of activities to introduce young people to careers in manufacturing, with Connecticut’s manufacturers in the spotlight.

Manufacturing Mania is held on the first Friday of October to celebrate National Manufacturing Day (MFGDAY) and kicked off the month’s activities in Connecticut.

The event — which this year hosted approximately 240 middle school students in Groton — included exhibits and displays from manufacturers and educational institutions, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, competitions, and guest speakers. Since 2012, more than 2,000 boys and girls have participated in Manufacturing Mania.

Recognizing the shortage of women in manufacturing, CCAT created a unique Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. event specifically for middle and high school girls to introduce them to manufacturing — the Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit.

The fourth annual summit was held in Windsor, and more than 160 girls watched demonstrations, participated in workshops, and were inspired by personal success stories from today’s leading women in manufacturing.

The Girls & Manufacturing Summit has been recognized by The Manufacturing Institute as a national best practice model to engage young women and encourage them to pursue a career in manufacturing.

Young Manufacturers Academy

The Young Manufacturers Academy (YMA) provides students in grades 5 through 9 with an experiential, high-impact introduction to the manufacturing industry.

YMA’s innovative curriculum — which includes workshops in topics like lean manufacturing, engineering design, robotics, CNC, and industry software tools — is delivered through two-week summer academies and instructional day programming during the school year.

This past summer, over 200 students attended YMA programs around the state held in partnership with the Connecticut Technical High School System. During the 2017-18 school year, CCAT will provide programming for more than 2,000 middle school students in Hartford, Bloomfield, and East Hartford, made possible through a grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.