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Larson Announces $199,960 for Northwestern CT Community College Manufacturing Technology Program

August 15, 2014
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced $199,960 in federal funding for Winsted’s Northwestern Connecticut Community College. The Advanced Technology Education Grant will be used to continue development of their Manufacturing Associate Degree Education (MADE) program.

“Large manufacturers and suppliers alike rely on the strength of Connecticut’s knowledgeable and skilled workforce,” said Larson. “With the expansion of the MADE program made possible by this grant, Northwestern Connecticut Community College will help strengthen the pipeline of workers for local manufacturers by providing greater educational opportunities to our current and future workforce.”

"NCCC is honored to have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to pursue a college credit program in manufacturing technology. MADE in Northwestern Connecticut will take manufacturing training and education to the next level. NCCC has had great success with a non-credit pre-manufacturing program. Now the college will be able to offer an Associate Degree in this job critical area," said Northwestern Connecticut Community College President Barbara Douglass. “The grant was developed in conjunction with area manufacturers, the NW Manufacturing Coalition, and Oliver Wolcott Technical High School. I want to thank Professors Gusky and Holmberg for forging this new, exciting pathway in manufacturing education.”

MADE is an advanced manufacturing technician associate degree program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to obtain advanced manufacturing jobs. The program will serve the needs of students, manufacturers, and economic developers by helping to increase the number of skilled workers in the Northwest corner of Connecticut.