Pratt & Whitney and CCAT Lead Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Ambassador Program To Recruit Youth

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) and Pratt & Whitney on Friday launched the Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Ambassador Program.
In the program, talented, young employees play the role of manufacturing industry ambassadors to area youth, promoting work in the industry and dispelling misconceptions about it.

(Hartford Business Journal 10/07/16)

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Pratt & Whitney and CCAT Announce New CT Dream It. Do It. Ambassador Program

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Today, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), announced the launch of the Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Ambassador Program – a collaboration of talented, young employees who play the role of manufacturing industry ambassadors to area youth.

Pratt & Whitney is the first manufacturer in Connecticut to support the Ambassador Program. Through the new program, Pratt & Whitney employees, typically ages 26 and under, will reach out to primary and secondary school students and deliver a powerful message – that manufacturing is a rewarding career path.

“CCAT strongly believes the Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Ambassador Program will have a positive impact on attracting young people to careers in manufacturing,” said Elliot Ginsberg, president and chief executive officer, CCAT. “We’re proud to launch this program, on National Manufacturing Day, together with Pratt & Whitney, a global aerospace leader known for supporting collaborations that inspire the next generation of talent and give employees a chance to make a difference in their communities.”

“Pratt & Whitney is proud to collaborate with CCAT to launch the first Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Manufacturing Ambassador Program, which will empower our employees to help inspire the next generation of advanced manufacturing professionals,” said Danny Di Perna, Pratt & Whitney senior vice president, Operations. “As we significantly ramp up production output to meet our customer demands, we are hiring in the state and across our global network and will continue to depend on a highly-skilled workforce to remain competitive in the 21st century. We encourage other manufacturers in Connecticut to join this important initiative to attract future talent to our industries.”

Licensed and led by CCAT and funded by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. is part of The Manufacturing Institute’s nationwide Dream It. Do It. campaign to dispel misconceptions about manufacturing and attract the creative, skilled young people needed to grow the industry.

The Manufacturing Institute promotes the Ambassador Program as a best practice to the national Dream It. Do It. network. According to The Manufacturing Institute President Jennifer McNelly, “Ambassador programs give manufacturers a high impact engagement strategy to improve the talent supply within their community.”

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.

About Pratt & Whitney
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit its website at utc.com, or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.

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

October marks the fifth annual Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Manufacturing Month, officially proclaimed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to recognize the importance of the more than 5,000 Connecticut manufacturing companies to the state’s economy and to highlight industry career opportunities statewide.

“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 Malloy said.  “And in addition to our current businesses, we are continuing to aggressively attract more manufacturers to our state and help ensure that those who are currently here thrive.  Manufacturing has been a core sector and a driving force of Connecticut’s economy in the past, and it will continue to be so in the years ahead.”

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

During Manufacturing Month, nearly 400 middle and high school students will participate ctdidi2in two signature Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. events —Manufacturing Mania and Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit.

More than 200 middle school boys and girls from surrounding communities will join in Manufacturing Mania activities on National Manufacturing Day, October 7 at the Radisson Cromwell Hotel in Cromwell, Conn.

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

For the Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit, Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. is partnering with Dream It. Do It. Massachusetts and MassDevelopment’s AMP it up! to host about 150 middle and high school girls at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott Hotel in Windsor, Conn. on October 28. The students will learn about manufacturing through interactive activities and hear from leading women in the industry, who will share their inspiring, personal success stories with the students. The event will also include an educator workshop about incorporating positive female role models into the classroom.

Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. focuses on creating a positive image of today’s manufacturing, increasing awareness of rewarding manufacturing careers, and promoting STEM and 21st century workplace skills,” says Sue Palisano, director of education and workforce development for CCAT.

According to Palisano, since 2012 these unique events have introduced more than 1,800 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 offers activities across the state that showcase the industry. Many manufacturing companies open their doors to the public with tours and open house events. And, Connecticut’s technical high schools and community colleges hold special events to introduce their manufacturing programs to prospective students.

To learn more about Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Manufacturing Month events go to www.ctdidi.com. See the 2015 Manufacturing Mania video at http://bit.ly/mfgmania2015.

 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 www.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.