Mentoring The Next Generation Of Manufacturers

From AARP:

The manufacturing industry, such as that manufacturing in Mexico, is booming in Connecticut and opening doors to opportunities for a new workforce as well as those with experience. The growing demand for skilled workers to meet the needs of the state’s resurgent manufacturing industry–estimated at 25,000 to 35,000 positions in the next two decades–is outpacing supply and has created an increasing need for instructors at colleges and pipeline programs across Connecticut.

Learning from those with experience is vital to the success of our next generation of manufacturers. Have you considered bringing your experience to the classroom, or interested in generating some extra income? AARP Connecticut will provide those who are retired or entering retirement an opportunity to learn more at a free virtual seminar on Wednesday, May 12, at 5:30 p.m. (register: or Tuesday, May 18, at 10 a.m. (register: Participants can choose the week or time that best fits for their schedule.

The entry points are such that a manufacturing retiree could earn a little income by working a few hours a week or entirely re-career into a full-time position. No teaching experience or degree is required for many positions and professional development courses for manufacturing professionals looking to switch to college instruction are available.

“Manufacturing has been identified as a key driver for the recovery of Connecticut’s economy,” said Richard DuPont, director of community & campus relations, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, Housatonic Community College. “With some 4,500 large and small manufacturers across our state looking to fill thousands of jobs, the demand for skills to fill these openings has never been higher. To sustain all we have built, it is essential that we train and educate a workforce that can capitalize on the career opportunities manufacturing provides from entry to advanced levels.”

Hear about opportunities, have a chance to ask questions and discover how to be part of the resurgence by bringing your experience to the classroom.

Scheduled Speakers
Richard DuPont – Director of Campus and Community Relations, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, Housatonic Community College

Cyndi A. Zoldy – Executive Director, Manufacturing Alliance Services Corporation

Chip Thermer – Program Director, Manufacturing Management, Quality Management Systems, and Program Administrator, Goodwin University

Sampling of Job Postings
Multiple Community Colleges Across Connecticut

— Advanced Manufacturing Technology Instructor
— Advanced Manufacturing Technology Manufacturing Lab Academic Associate

Goodwin University

— Adjunct Faculty
— Lead Sigma Six Master BlackBelt
— Lab Tech Welding
— Lab Tech CNC

Multiple Schools Affiliated with Connecticut Technical Education and Career System

— Precision Machining
—-Abbott Tech, Danbury
—-Bristol T.E.C., Bristol
—-Bullard-Havens Tech, Bridgeport< ----Cheney Tech, Manchester ----Ellis Tech, Danielson ----Goodwin Tech, New Britain ----Kaynor Tech, Waterbury ----O'Brien Tech, Ansonia ----Platt Tech, Milford ----Vinal Tech, Middletown ----Whitney Tech, Hamden ----Wilcox Tech, Meriden ----Windham Tech, Willimantic ----Wolcott Tech, Torrington -- Mechanical Design & Engineering (MDET) ----Abbott Tech, Danbury ----Cheney Tech, Manchester ----Goodwin Tech, New Britain ----Grasso Tech, Groton ----Kaynor Tech, Waterbury ----O'Brien Tech, Ansonia< ----Platt Tech, Milford ----Whitney Tech, Hamden ----Wolcott Tech, Torrington -- Mechatronics ----Bristol T.E.C., Bristol ----Goodwin Tech, New Britain ----Platt Tech, Milford ----Vinal Tech, Middletown -- Welding & Metal Fabrication ----Bristol T.E.C., Bristol ----Cheney Tech, Manchester ----Grasso Tech, Groton Wallingford Public Schools

— Public School Mentor

Manufacturing Alliances Services Corp, Waterbury

— Lead Instructor


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