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