Manufacturing Skills for CT Project (Data Request #0034)
- Connecticut manufacturers have identified significant gaps in the state’s workforce development system. This project will develop educational best-practices that manufacturers, and school systems can use to identify and scale effective K-12 manufacturing career pathways. This grant was awarded to CONNSTEP through the US Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Program Competitive Awards Program.
- The overarching goals of this project are twofold: (1) to expand the availability and quality of K-12 programs aimed at preparing students for manufacturing careers at all skill levels, from entry level to engineering, to both increase and diversify the highly qualified labor pool; and (2) to accelerate the growth of the manufacturing sectors across CT, New England, and nationally through the MEP network. The final product will articulate best practices and recommend standards for K-12 manufacturing preparation programs as it builds a sustainable infrastructure for supporting program development and quality across the state.