Dr. Nivea L. Torres, superintendent of the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS), and Dr. Anna Wasescha, president of Middlesex Community College (MxCC), are pleased to announce a newly-created partnership that will house the college’s manufacturing programs in state-of- the-art facilities in the recently renovated manufacturing lab at H.C. Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden.

Dr. Torres remarks that “we are very excited to be supporting Middlesex Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing program through the use of Wilcox Tech’s precision machining lab.  For over 100 years the CTHSS has provided the foundation for workforce training in Connecticut. And now by partnering with the Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Centers, there is the potential to build an even bigger state-wide system of skills training in precision machining. Training that is essential to the current and future needs of Connecticut’s manufacturers.”

Middlesex Community College courses will begin this September in the Wilcox Tech Manufacturing Lab on Monday through Thursday evenings and on Saturday mornings. Students will be able to earn credits toward the college’s Manufacturing Machine Technology Certificate that leads to employment, or apply those credits toward an associate degree in Technology Studies with an emphasis in Manufacturing Machine Technology. All credits earned are directly transferrable to Central Connecticut State University where students can go on to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Industrial Technical Management.

“Dozens of Middlesex Community College students have benefitted from the school’s manufacturing program and I am thrilled to see this program be offered to students from Meriden and surrounding communities,” said Senator Dante Bartolomeo (D-Meriden).

The alliance between Wilcox Tech and MxCC is made possible through the Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Initiative, which is funded in-part by a $15,000,000 Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. This funding is targeted toward further enhancing and growing Connecticut’s statewide manufacturing education and training infrastructure. It will address the impact of foreign trade on employment and earnings loss. It is also meant to benefit individuals such as high school students and others who have not been in the workforce for a period of time, such as veterans and stay- at- home parents.

Wilcox Tech students will be able to begin earning college-level credit while still in high school by obtaining National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials. This partnership will also offer the opportunity for instructors in the technical high school system to join as college-level instructors for some of the courses.

For more information on the program, please contact MxCC Manufacturing Program Coordinator Hubert Godin at 860-343-5776 or go to the MxCC website at www.mxcc.edu/degrees/mto.