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Secretary Acosta Accepts Larson’s Invitation to Witness Successful CT Workforce Collaborations

April 17, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In today’s Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Jobs and Opportunity, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta accepted Rep. John B. Larson’s (CT-01) invitation to visit Connecticut and see the successful workforce collaborations led by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), Goodwin College, International Association of Machinists (IAM), local community colleges, and employers like Pratt and Whitney. 

Watch Larson’s and Acosta’s exchange here or click the image.

“In Connecticut, we have been working very hard with the academic sector, labor unions, and the private sector to close the expanding jobs gap. Institutions like Goodwin College and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) are helping to close both the jobs and skills gap by promoting a robust manufacturing curricula. Goodwin College for example, offers various associate degrees in machining, supply chain management, accounting, a bachelor’s degree, and various in-demand certification courses. They also make sure to have machinists from the International Association of Machinists (IAM), as well as local employers, advise on making sure the curriculum matches the swift changes in technology. In Connecticut, we see the importance of keeping in lock-step with the industry when it comes to educational needs to keep the workforce in sync with our advanced manufacturing ecosystem. That is why I invited Secretary Acosta to come see the great work the First District of Connecticut is achieving and am pleased that he accepted my invitation.  I look forward to hosting him in Connecticut to show him the types of programs that I believe could serve as a national model,” said Larson.