Educational Pathways

Leading the Way to Manufacturing Careers

Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. works with a variety of education partners to help guide students toward a pathway that will develop the skills needed for future careers in manufacturing – what’s the right direction for you?  Take a closer look at some of the options available right here in Connecticut.

Connecticut Technical High School System  is the largest high school system in Connecticut, serving all geographic regions with 17 diploma-granting schools that offer a comprehensive high school combined with career and technical education, including a cluster that provides students with the theoretical knowledge and skills for careers in manufacturing in areas such as automated manufacturing, mechanical design and engineering, precision machining, and welding and metal fabrication.

Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) is governed by the Connecticut Board of Regents and is made up of 12 regional community colleges, 4 universities and an online college. Credit programs leading to a degree or certificate, as well as non-credit, skill-building programs are offered at most schools.

Community College Advanced Technology Manufacturing Centers offer a variety of credit and non-credit certificate courses in Advanced Manufacturing for incumbent workers, displaced workers, returning workers, community college students, adult education students, and technical/comprehensive high school students. Programs are available at seven community college locations.

Goodwin College Manufacturing Training  offers a variety of majors and degree and certificate programs to develop the skills that will lead to careers in manufacturing, including manufacturing management, quality, supply chain and logistics, CNC machining, and certified production technicians.

College of Technology (COT)  operating as a “virtual” college under CSCU, provides career pathways for students to earn certificates, Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering and Technology disciplines, reducing barriers to education by providing a seamless articulation between the community colleges and the four-year partner universities.

Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM) was created through an award from the National Science Foundation and addresses the need for highly skilled workers in the new manufacturing workplace by building programs that provide resources to educators and students interested in learning new technologies in manufacturing.

Hartford Job Corps Academy offers a Manufacturing Technology Program with a work based learning component.  Students who complete a program in the Advanced Manufacturing training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from agencies such as ACT –  National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)  and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).