October Declared Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Manufacturing Month

29 Oct, 2018

From discovering career possibilities to learning about new workplace skills, Connecticut’s next generation of manufacturers statewide came together for the seventh annual Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Manufacturing Month.

Licensed and led by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) and financed by the Department of Economic and Community Development’s Manufacturing Innovation Fund, Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. is part of The Manufacturing Institute’s nationwide manufacturing career awareness campaign to attract the creative, skilled young people needed to grow the industry.

“With a state-of-the-art workforce, Connecticut manufacturers are bringing technological innovation to the market, increasing productivity and growing market share, sales revenue, and profitability,” Governor Dannel P. Malloy said in an official proclamation recognizing the importance of the more than 4,000 Connecticut manufacturing companies to the state’s economy and to highlight industry career opportunities statewide.

During Manufacturing Month, nearly 400 middle and high school students participated in two signature Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. events —Manufacturing Mania and Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit.

The program included displays from manufacturers and higher education institutions, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, team-based competitions, and guest speakers.

According to Palisano, since 2012 these unique events have introduced nearly 2,500 middle and high school students and teachers to the wide variety of educational and career pathways that today’s manufacturing offers.

Exploring made in Connecticut statewide

Manufacturing Month offered activities across the state that showcased the industry. Many manufacturing companies open their doors to the public with tours and opened house events. And, Connecticut’s technical high schools and community colleges held special events to introduce their manufacturing programs to prospective students.

“We are seeing great results with Connecticut youth becoming more engaged in manufacturing-themed opportunities thanks to Manufacturing Mania, the Girls Summit and the many initiatives we run with Connecticut. Dream It. Do It.,” said Elliot Ginsberg, CEO and President of CCAT. “There remains great opportunity, and we welcome students, educators and our partners to come learn about what is being done to promote manufacturing careers and skill development.”

See the 2017 Manufacturing Mania video at https://youtu.be/yRRY6aJ5brE.

About Connecticut. Dream It. Do It.

Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. is part of The Manufacturing Institute’s nationwide effort to create a positive image of manufacturing today and to develop an awareness of the variety of rewarding career opportunities it offers. Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. is taking the lead in enhancing Connecticut’s current and future manufacturing workforce pipeline. Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) licenses and leads Connecticut. Dream It. Do It.  Learn more at ctdidi.com

About CCAT

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., that creates and executes bold ideas advancing applied technologies, IT strategies, energy solutions, STEM education, and career development. By leading state, regional, and national partnerships, CCAT helps manufacturers, academia, government and nonprofit organizations excel. Learn more at ccat.us, or follow CCAT on Twitter – @CCATInc.

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