Manufacturing Today
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NVCC’s Manufacturing Program Grows More Diverse
Center Welcomed a Record Number of Women to the Class of 2018
>>> by Naugatuck Valley Community College

Manufacturing in Connecticut is on the rise and all indications point to a resurgence of manufacturing jobs.

In order to meet the workforce needs of companies such as Electric Boat, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky Aircraft, and EDAC Technologies, as well as hundreds of other small and medium-sized manufacturing companies, over the next 10 years, a skilled workforce must be created and maintained.

The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC) at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) is rising to the challenge with relevant curriculum, and workforce-ready programs.

On Aug. 29, the Center welcomed the class of 2018, marking its sixth year of operation. The class includes eight female students, which is a record number for the AMTC Program.

NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., and Provost James Troup each addressed the class, welcoming them to NVCC. Additionally, De Filippis challenged each student to strive for the “President’s Award,” a program she introduced six years ago that offers exceptional students the opportunity to earn additional certifications and specialized training.

AMTC Program Director Joe DeFeo gave a brief overview of the program, and inspired the students with stories of graduate success coupled with the program’ s 100 percent job placement rate for students who complete the one-year advanced manufacturing certificate program.

Over 200 graduates of the AMTC program have been successfully placed in manufacturing positions to date!

For information on the program, call NVCC at 203-575-8000 or visit

An NVCC Manufacturing Success Story

Natalie Strelovsky has been working at EDAC Technologies in Cheshire for five months. In that short time she has maintained the same enthusiasm and energy she exhibited while a student at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where she discovered the world of manufacturing in the Advanced Manufacturing Training
Certificate Program.

Strelovsky made the best of her time in the certificate program. She came in with assorted skills from the corporate world. Her passion in the program gained her the President’s Award of Achievement/Dean’s List with a 3.94 grade point average. She graduated at the top of the class, earning a Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology.

 DAC immediately took notice of this talented woman. She joined the company as an intern, and was hired upon graduation from NVCC in May.

Strelovsky is enjoying her time at EDAC. Along with her work at the company, she has also assisted the Human Resource Department at EDAC in its recruitment efforts, sharing her early experiences in the business.