Manufacturing Skills for Connecticut

A Collaborative Project to Identify Best Practices for K-12 Manufacturing Pathways

Update: The following schools have been selected for Phase 2 of the MSforCT project. This phase involves an in-depth assessment to evaluate program impact and efficacy.

Those schools are:

  • Bacon Academy, Colchester
  • Bristol Eastern/Central High School, Bristol
  • CT River Academy, LEARN, East Hartford 
  • Eli Whitney Technical High School, Hamden
  • Hamden High School, Hamden
  • Lyman Hall High School, Wallingford
  • Manchester High School, Manchester
  • New Britain High School, New Britain
  • RHAM High School, Hebron
  • Tourtellotte Memorial High School, Thompson
  • Vinal Technical High School, Middletown
  • Waterbury Career Academy, Waterbury
  • Davies Career and Technical High School, Lincoln, Rhode Island 


With a high demand for talent, the manufacturing industry offers quality career opportunities that often go unnoticed by students.

There are several reasons students are not gravitating to manufacturing careers, including the current state of manufacturing instruction in Connecticut K-12 public schools.

Throughout the state, significant gaps exist in the state’s manufacturing workforce development system, most notably the dearth of comprehensive education, recruitment, and well-developed career pathways that, collectively, serve to connect industry to education.

MSforCT, the Manufacturing Skills for Connecticut project, aims to address these issues. This two-year project will help key stakeholders as they work to:

  • better understand which K-12 manufacturing learning models are most effective, and why;
  • break down the silos where effective programs are operating, and;
  • define and share best practices.

Follow this link to jump to specifics on the project rollout, including details about the project’s three unique phases.

LINK: Manufacturing Skills for Connecticut Project Abstract


Manufacturing Skills for Connecticut: Phases

  • Phase 1

    A comprehensive inventory and analysis of manufacturing career pathway programs and initiatives across school districts — and how they link to and align with manufacturers’ workforce development needs.

    This study will cover pre-apprenticeship programs, standalone programs, and partnerships with postsecondary institutions and manufacturers, and will incorporate a comprehensive review of program models nationally. 

  • Phase 2

    Evaluate eight of the most promising models identified in Phase 1 together with two Rhode Island programs to asses efficacy and define a state standard for high-impact career pathway models.


  • Phase 3

    Build a web-based repository of effective career pathway programs and key criteria for creating new programs that will also host an online community that supports scaling of models throughout Connecticut.

The MSforCT Partners




















The MSforCT project is made possible through a grant from the US Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Manufacturing Extension Program Competitive Awards Program.

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