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Governor Ned Lamont


06/16/2021

Governor Lamont Announces Tunxis Community College Will Be Home to Nation’s Only National Science Foundation Next Generation Manufacturing Technology Center

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont at present introduced that Tunxis Community College and the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) College of Technology have acquired a $7.5 million greenback grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead the nation’s solely NSF National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing. The heart will associate with management groups from Columbus State Community College in Ohio, College of the Canyons in California, Central Community College in Nebraska, and Indian River State College in Florida, in addition to collaborators from training, trade, authorities and personal and public organizations from all through the United States to operationalize Industry 4.0 initiatives in Connecticut and all through the nation.

“Advanced manufacturing is a major component of Connecticut’s economic future,” Governor Lamont stated. “Making sure we have a workforce prepared to meet the needs of 21st century employers is a top priority for my administration, and this is a critical investment. Connecticut’s community colleges are a great, cost-effective way for those interested in finding a meaningful career to get top-quality training. The new center at Tunxis will be uniquely positioned to contribute to our workforce pipeline.”

The new heart will probably be situated at 21 Spring Lane, adjoining to Tunxis’s Farmington campus. The property, a 44,000 sq. foot former manufacturing facility, was bought in 2020 utilizing a mixture of recent state bond funding and repurposing funds from different tasks. Renovation of the ability is predicted to start this summer time.

“This is a big deal for Connecticut,” Dr. Jane Gates, interim president for CSCU, stated. “The advanced manufacturing technology centers at our community colleges create transformational opportunities for the students they serve – with job placement rates above 90 percent and a rising demand for skilled manufacturing employees. This NSF investment is recognition of the value and effectiveness of our manufacturing programs.”

“Advanced manufacturing is an in-demand career opportunity,” Terrence Cheng, president-designate of CSCU, stated. “The community colleges have state of the art facilities and equipment, and a world-class, experienced group of faculty members dedicated to student success. Anyone considering a career in manufacturing should come see what our community colleges have to offer. This NSF funding is sure to cement our colleges’ position as national leaders in advanced manufacturing.”

“Federal grants for skills-training programs play a critical role in ensuring that Connecticut businesses and workers continue to lead the world in high-tech manufacturing,” Senator Richard Blumenthal stated. “Community colleges are critical to meeting the job training needs that I have heard from countless manufacturers. Connecticut has a long history as having one of the strongest and most dynamic skilled manufacturing workforces in the country. The Tunxis Advanced Manufacturing Center is a prime example of how our community colleges are keeping Connecticut’s most important resource – our workers – in the forefront of the jobs of the future.”

The heart will present academic fashions {and professional} improvement for highschool and better training school and create a web based repository of assets that can be utilized for constructing seamless, stackable credential profession pathways in superior manufacturing. These fashions will incorporate trade credentials, micro-credentials, badging and certificates that can put together college students for profitable jobs in superior manufacturing.

The heart will probably be guided by nationwide leaders from different Advanced Technological Education Centers and tasks, in addition to by nationwide fairness associations to determine profitable methods for recruiting and retaining folks from underrepresented communities within the subsequent technology manufacturing workforce.

The heart goals tackle the necessity for a pipeline of scholars pursuing careers in superior manufacturing beginning in highschool. It may also strengthen profession pathways that embody strong diploma packages at group schools, that may then switch, with out lack of credit score, to college packages.

“I am extremely proud of our dedicated leadership team composed of our College of Technology, our Advanced Manufacturing Centers, and our national partners, whose expertise and passion will drive the creation of the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (NCNGM),” Dr. James Lombella, regional president, North-West Region, Connecticut Community Colleges, stated. “We are very appreciative to NSF for this award as well for previous NSF funding that has created the infrastructure that will be the basis of the successful implementation of this center. The National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing will address not only current workforce needs, but also the workforce of the future that includes robotics, mechatronics, supply chain, co-bots, smart manufacturing, and machine learning. As a result, the NCNGM will create the cutting-edge workforce that will ensure that US manufacturing continues to be a global, competitive leader in all manufacturing sectors.”

“We are excited to have this national center at Tunxis, which will play an important role in helping colleges nationwide advance their manufacturing programs and meet the high demand for skilled workers,” Dr. Darryl Reome, Tunxis Community College campus CEO, stated.

“The Connecticut Community Colleges’ College of Technology and the NSF funding that it has received, has enabled us to be a driver of advanced manufacturing education that prepares graduates for careers in the manufacturing,” Karen Wosczyna-Birch, government director of the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, stated. “The new National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, with its national partners from multiple sectors of education, industry, government, and other stakeholders, will ensure that community colleges across the United States will prepare faculty and a diverse population of students for Industry 4.0. As a result, the NCNGM will ensure that equity and access is the cornerstone for creating the advanced manufacturing workforce critical for manufacturing companies in the U.S. to remain competitive.”

“We are so excited about this grant,” Cindy Bombard, president and CEO of Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, stated. “It will offer so many opportunities to students as well as assisting so many of our manufacturers in the central region who have been looking to fill open and new positions. This will help create a much-needed talent pipeline for our Connecticut manufacturers.”

Tunxis Community College expects to host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Spring Lane constructing in coming weeks.

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