Advance CTE

Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work, first established in 1920, is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State CTE Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Their mission is to support state CTE leadership to advance high-quality and equitable CTE policies, programs and pathways that ensure career and college success for each learner.

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Melissa Hickey, Director of Literacy and Reading, CSDE


AdvanceCT is a nonprofit organization that works to engage, retain and recruit businesses and advance overall economic competitiveness in Connecticut. In collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), AdvanceCT strives to build a place where business, government, higher education, and nonprofits come together to implement high impact and inclusive economic development solutions for the state.

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Peter Denioius, CEO

Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership (AMEP)

The Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership (AMEP) is an employer-led Workforce Solutions Collaborative Metro Hartford Industry Partnership focused on the workforce needs of advanced manufacturing and technology companies in local labor market areas. AMEP focuses on the best practices in recruiting entry-level workers and training incumbent workers. AMEP supports job quality programs and services that establish career pathways that lead to family-sustaining wages, reduced employer costs, and retention of current workforce.

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Lynn Raicik, Senior Manager, Workforce Innovations

Aerospace Components Manufacturers (ACM)

ACM is a non-profit regional network of independent Connecticut and southwestern Massachusetts based aerospace companies. Their mission is to attract the global aerospace industry to this, The World's Aerospace Alley!®, where ACM member firms form a unique industrial cooperative of long-established aerospace manufacturers, processors and suppliers, offering a cost-effective supply chain that exceeds customer expectations.

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Jessica Taylor, Executive Director

Albertus Magnus College

Albertus Magnus offers a bachelor of science in Supply Chain Management. A supply chain management degree takes the skills, knowledge, and tools needed to be a supply chain professional and integrates them into an engaging degree.

Asnuntuck Community College (ACC)

The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at ACC has been engaged in the College Connections program for more than a decade, with hundreds of high school students participating. They have also introduced the advanced manufacturing field to students as young as sixth grade through a Fifth Year program, which works with area middle and high schools. ACC offers Technology Studies associate degrees and certificates in Electro-Mechanical Maintenance, Electronics Technology, Energy Management, Machine Technology, and Welding.

Capital Community College (CCC)

CCC offers a 5-week Introduction to Manufacturing Program, funded by Capital Workforce Partners through the CTDOL Apprenticeship Connecticut Initiative. Students will earn OSHA 10 Certification, Six Sigma White Belt Certification, and a Capital Manufacturing Program Certificate.

Capital Workforce Partners (North Central Region WDB)

In May, 1992 the Connecticut General Assembly established nine regional workforce boards, which were combined into five entities in 2003, to conduct comprehensive planning, and coordinate regional workforce development policy and programs. With a regional focus, the Boards assess regional employment and training needs and priorities, conduct planning for and coordinate programs that address those needs. In addition, the Boards create annual employment and training plans, and review regional grant proposals and plans submitted to state agencies by other organizations to assure that all regional planning is consistent with an overall statewide blueprint for workforce development. The Boards, with the Connecticut Department of Labor, other State agencies and private organizations, form a statewide partnership to achieve comprehensive workforce development in the State.

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) – Manufacturing & Construction Management

CCSU offers undergraduate degree programs in Construction Management, Manufacturing Management, Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering Technology and Technology Management; official certificate programs in Construction Management, Environmental and Occupational Safety, Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma, and Supply Chain and Logistics; master's degree programs in Construction Management, Supply Chain and Logistics Management, and Technology Management.


Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) – Manufacturing Engineering Technology

The CCSU Manufacturing Engineering Technology BS degree program provides graduates with a solid knowledge and marketable skills in applied engineering. With a solid foundation in the sciences complemented by general technical mechanical and manufacturing courses as well as manufacturing-specific technical courses, students become adept in engineering graphics, engineering materials and mechanics, hydraulics and pneumatics, electronics and electric power, CAD/CAM, geometric tolerancing, design, and engineering economics.


Connecticut Apprenticeship and Education Committee

Per Public Act No. 19-68: An Act Establishing the Connecticut Apprenticeship and Education Committee, the Manufacturing Committee transitioned and became the Connecticut Apprenticeship Committee. The law required the committee to analyze whether current apprenticeship training programs available to Connecticut residents are meeting workforce needs. Although the Council is no longer mandated to meet, the documents created by the Council are utilized by stakeholders and will remain posted.

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Melissa K. Wlodarczyk Hickey, Director of Literacy/Reading, Connecticut State Department of Education

Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA)

CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with thousands of member companies, small and large, representing a diverse range of industries from every part of the state. CBIA fights to make Connecticut a top state for business, jobs, and economic growth: driving change, shaping legislative and regulatory policy, and promoting collaboration between the private and public sectors.

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Chris DiPentima, President & CEO

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT)

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2004 and headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut. CCAT leads and collaborates with state, regional, and national partners in manufacturing, academia, government, and non-profit organizations in order to define and strengthen the future of the supply chain in the areas of advanced manufacturing, incumbent worker training, STEM awareness, and energy solutions. CCAT provides digital resources and manufacturing activities for students, training for educators, and industry ambassador connections.

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Ron Angelo, President & Chief Executive Officer

Connecticut College

Connecticut College students have several options for pursuing the study of engineering while also earning a traditional liberal arts degree, including dual degree programs in partnership with Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Washington University in St. Louis.

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Manufacturing Innovation Fund (DECD MIF)

The State of Connecticut established the Manufacturing Innovation Fund (MIF) to support the growth, innovation and progress of Connecticut's advanced manufacturing sector. This funding is used to provide direct loans and/or grants as well as to support an array of initiatives, including: encouraging company/university collaboration in research and development efforts; providing vouchers to assist with business development and technical needs; funding job training and educational programs that strengthen workforce skills; and providing matching funds for federal grants.

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Carmen Molina-Rios

Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Training

Apprenticeship is a paid training program of earning while learning. This on-the-job training, combined with classroom instruction, ensures a well-qualified, job-ready employee. Apprenticeships generally range from one to four years and at completion, the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship Training provides a portable training credential. A Registered Apprenticeship program can help employers develop a world-class workforce, enhance productivity, profitability and the bottom line.

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Todd Berch – Apprenticeship Manager
Keri Valenti - Statewide Manufacturing

Connecticut Governor’s Workforce Council (GWC), Office of Workforce Strategy (OWS)

The Office of Workforce Strategy (OWS) is a division of the CT Department of Economic and Community Development that serves as the administrative staff to the Governor’s Workforce Council (GWC). Their vision is for every Connecticut resident to have access to a meaningful career pathway and the support needed to fulfill their aspirations and for every Connecticut business to have access to a skilled workforce. Their mission is to build the systems, teams, and approaches that will make Connecticut a talent environment that attracts and motivates students, career builders, and companies alike.

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Kelli-Marie Vallieres, Executive Director
Niall Dammando, Chief of Staff

Connecticut Manufacturers’ Collaborative (CMC)

The Connecticut Manufacturers' Collaborative is comprised of all the major regional and statewide manufacturing member organizations across the state, including ACM, CTMA, EAMA, METAL, MCT, NESMA, SMA, CBIA, and CONNSTEP. They represent over 1200 manufacturing companies with tens of thousands of employees throughout all of Connecticut. Through the CMC, Connecticut manufacturers have created a "single voice" for Connecticut manufacturing.

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Michelle Hall, CMC Executive Administrator

Connecticut State Community Colleges Advanced Manufacturing Programs

Advanced Manufacturing is the path to a growth-oriented career that is hands-on and high-tech, in Aerospace, Submarines, Biomedical Technology and other exciting fields. With scholarships and grants, the cost is little to no out of pocket expense.


CONNSTEP is Connecticut’s leading business consulting firm and part of the MEP National Network. Efforts focus on identifying opportunities for growth, improving productivity, and ensuring clients remain competitive in evolving market conditions. Consultants are subject matter experts who implement advanced business and technical solutions, as well as workforce strategies, using a holistic approach that generates bottom-line improvements and produces innovative, results-driven top-line growth for CT organizations. They are an affiliate of CBIA, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, collectively working to advance the growth and sustainability of the state’s business community. CONNSTEP also works closely with CBIA’s other affiliate, ReadyCT, advocating for more educational and training resources to encourage career opportunities for the Connecticut’s workforce.

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Beatriz Gutierrez, President & CEO