(Danielson, Conn., October 20, 2014) – Connecticut’s manufacturers want skilled workers educated in the latest production techniques who expand their knowledge in state-of-the-art technical high schools, on the job and in their post-secondary studies.
Thanks to their collaboration with the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS), these manufacturers’ future employees will benefit from new precision manufacturing curricula and facility upgrades at three of Northeastern Connecticut’s technical high schools: Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School in Danielson, Windham Technical High School in Willimantic and Ella T. Grasso Technical High School in Groton.
During a luncheon presentation October 17 at Ellis Tech, the three high schools’ principals and representatives of Electric Boat, Westminster Tool and Alpha Q joined with representatives from CTHSS and the Connecticut Department of Labor to get a glimpse of Ellis Tech’s updated classrooms, equipment and technology.
CTHSS Superintendent Dr. Nivea L. Torres presented the Connecticut Technical High School System’s short, medium- and long-term goals under its Tomorrow’s Framework 2014-17 strategic action plan, including expansion of its manufacturing education centers, re-vamped curriculum and certification requirements, and post-secondary programs that help students continue building their skills.
“CTHSS is grateful to the trade and business organizations, and the manufacturers across Connecticut that are helping us become a national leader in manufacturing training and technical education,” Torres said. “In collaboration with manufacturing programs at our state’s community colleges, including Three Rivers Community College in Norwich and Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson and Willimantic, we’re incorporating the right equipment, tools, technology and instruction into our programs.”
“Connecticut’s partnership-in progress—an alliance of manufacturers, the Connecticut Technical High School System and our state’s community colleges—is laying the foundation for students’ continuous learning on the job and in school,” said Raymond (Ray) Coombs Jr., president, Westminster Tool Inc. and board member of the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA). “What makes it work? Constant interaction between these schools’ instructors and the manufacturing leaders within our companies.”
Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School has been entirely renovated; its precision manufacturing program boasts new manual machining equipment, computer-numerical control (CNC) machining and turning centers and precision inspection tools.
Windham Technical High School’s existing precision manufacturing facility is being updated with new electrical and HVAC systems. The school is replacing all outdated machine tools and expanding its existing CNC capability with additional CNC machining and turning centers. And the school is actively working with business and industry partners to implement lean manufacturing principles and practices for a more effective classroom environment.
With its business partners, including General Dynamics-Electric Boat, Ella T. Grasso Technical High School is developing a comprehensive plan for workforce development in Southeastern Connecticut.
“Through new curriculum, training and certification initiatives, Grasso Tech will be teaching its students relevant skills to meet the workforce needs of our region, including that of General Dynamics Electric Boat,” said Electric Boat Senior HR Manager Craig Sipe.
Grasso Tech is adding a welding and metal fabrication facility with 28 welding booths, cutting and grinding stations and basic metal fabrication equipment. The program will teach all aspects of welding and brazing, including virtual reality integrated weld training.
CTHSS has also installed the latest computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) technology at Grasso Tech. Grasso students use the latest 3D modeling software and 3D printing capabilities using Fused- Deposition Modeling (FDM).
“School-industry collaboration has been part of the Connecticut Technical High School System’s charter for nearly 100 years,” said Torres. “No one understands better than our region’s manufacturers the skills an 18-year-old technical high school graduate must possess to begin his or her career on today’s modern production floors.”
About The Connecticut Technical High School System
The Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) currently operates 17 diploma-granting technical high schools, one technical education center and two aviation maintenance programs located throughout the state. The system serves approximately 11,200 full-time high school and adult day students, with comprehensive education and training in 31 occupational areas and 2,000 apprenticeship students. CTHSS is the largest high school system in Connecticut, serving all geographic regions and all demographic and diverse populations. For more information, visit cttech.org