Manufacturing Today
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NVCC to open satellite manufacturing training faculty

The mission at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) is offering relevant curriculum to support student success and workforce demands. Program development and company collaboration align to feed the increased demand for skilled workers, and they explain the consistent growth the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program has seen since its inception in 2012.

Thanks to these practices, the center boasts a 100 percent job placement rate. Along with the traditional day and evening advanced manufacturing certificate programs offered on the college’s Waterbury campus, the center’s partnership with Connecticut technical high schools allows manufacturing workers the opportunity to take evening classes to develop and improve their skills.

Over the past few years, NVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC) has conducted evening programs at Henry Abbott Technical High School in Danbury and Kaynor Technical High School in Waterbury. In 2018, NVCC will add Bristol Technical Education Center as an AMTC satellite training center.

Over the past year, manufacturing companies in Greater Bristol expressed a concern over the growing need for skilled spring manufacturing machinists to Joseph DeFeo, AMTC program director at NVCC.

“I visited a number of spring manufacturing companies in the Greater Bristol area,” DeFeo said, “and after discussing various options, all agreed that an external training program would be the most efficient and productive course of action.”

Defeo enlisted the assistance of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, along with the same companies that expressed the need for additional skilled workers, to plan and develop a program that will train people to become skilled spring manufacturing machinists. The proposed plan is to conduct the spring manufacturing technology training program in the evening at Bristol Technical Education Center. Local manufacturers are assisting in the developing the curriculum and finding qualified instructors to teach the course.