Derby HS launches manufacturing employment training program

The following version is from The WorkPlace, Inc .:

DERBY, CT – Manufacturing remains a leading industry in the state, supporting more than 150,000 jobs and providing supportive wages to families to keep communities thriving. The continuous flow of talented and skilled workers to move the industry forward is essential to the growth of manufacturing output. To facilitate a pipeline of future workers, we’re excited to announce the inaugural class of a new adult manufacturing training program at Derby High School, supported by a partnership of local organizations.

“This program is an invaluable resource for residents who may find themselves unemployed or underemployed and seeking economic stability. It will offer participants in our community, our neighbors, a meaningful avenue to acquire the technical training necessary to ensure a well-paying career with real possibility of future advancement, ”said State Representative Kara Rochelle (D – Ansonia , Derby). “Extending this opportunity locally to our residents was conceptualized before Covid-19, and as we begin to put the pandemic behind us, this program will help our community and our neighbors recover and rebuild better, with a direct line to the middle class. Thank you to my dear friends and partners in this effort, Joe Carbone, Rich DuPont and Derby Superintendent Matthew Conway, who have been instrumental in the expansion of manufacturing training in our region. ”

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The Introduction to Manufacturing program is a partnership between The WorkPlace, Apprenticeship Connecticut Initiative Grant, Housatonic Community College (HCC) and Derby Public Schools. The eight-week, 120-hour training prepares adults for entry-level manufacturing positions within precision manufacturing companies. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate from Housatonic Community College and be ready to take the National Institute for the Measurement of Metalworking, Materials and Safety Competency Accreditation Exam. Most importantly, attendees will be ready to start employment with local businesses or continue their education at HCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

“Today is a big day. The design and goal from the start was to offer this program to our students during the day and to adults and new graduates at night. This program will change lives forever,” he said. said Dr. Matthew J. Conway, Superintendent. , Derby Public Schools. “This is an opportunity to dream, to prepare, to acquire skills that will open doors for a career in a sought-after field with a sustainable future. This program is part of creating an economic plan that can change for the lives of people who have the courage to join and for the community in which they reside.

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This is a true partnership with HCC, The WorkPlace, Derby Public Schools and the people who sign up. We have expanded our family by opening our doors. “

Classes take place in Derby High School’s state-of-the-art manufacturing lab, where the training closely simulates the activities in a real workshop. The production carried out during the duration of the program will result in four separate projects and will teach participants the basics of machining. The program includes manufacturing math, blueprint reading, precision measurement, bench work, safety and machine technology.

“The Advanced Manufacturing program is a great source of pride for Housatonic Community College,” said Dwayne Smith, Ph.D., CEO of Housatonic Community College. “This collaboration is a perfect example of what is possible when a community comes together to solve multiple challenges, and I am extremely grateful to our educational, civic and community partners for advancing HCC’s mission to expand the ‘access to training, education and opportunities throughout our community. “

“On behalf of Professors Scobie and Steeves, Dean Avant, Tatiana Rampino, the Housatonic Community College (HCC) team helping to support the makers of the state, I would like to thank Dr Conway, Joe Carbone, Sarah Lewis and the staff. of The WorkPlace for their commitment to this partnership and to making this vision a reality, “said Richard DuPont, director of community and campus relations at HCC.” From the day we started planning for the technology center advanced manufacturing from Derby High School, it has always been intended to provide students and adults with an education that will open them up to career paths that offer paid employment in manufacturing today and into the future. ”

In addition to classes at Derby High School, participants will benefit from case management, support services, tutoring and have access to workshops at American Job Centers. They will also participate in a two-week “Manufacturing Workforce Readiness Boot Camp” at The WorkPlace. The Bootcamp provides training on job preparation and the soft skills needed to be successful in the manufacturing sector.

“This partnership sets the standard for industry-focused apprenticeships and creates opportunities for workers to acquire the skills necessary to obtain and maintain quality jobs in the manufacturing sector,” said Joseph Carbone, President and CEO of the management of The WorkPlace. “Manufacturers have jobs to fill today and will have more in the years to come. Together, we strive to be a solution and provide opportunities for the Connecticut workforce in a growing and transforming industry.

This program is funded by the US Department of Labor Youth Apprenticeship Readiness Grant and the Connecticut Department of Labor Apprenticeship Connecticut Initiative to strengthen the pool of skilled workers in the manufacturing sector and prepare participants for employment or learning opportunities.

Anyone wishing more information about the program should visit The WorkPlace website at or email Sarah Lewis at slewis @

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