BRISTOL – Adult Education Center has received a $120,000 Capital Workforce Manufacturing Training Grant, which will pay for 20 area residents who qualify as dislocated workers to participate in a 12-week, 130-hour Introduction to Manufacturing Training Program.
Enrollment is still open, said Lawrence Covino, Adult Ed director. “It’s for anyone who has been impacted by the pandemic and is interested in manufacturing. That includes anyone who lost their day care and had to cut back on their work hours because they have no one to watch their kids, or lost their job due to the covid-19 pandemic.”
It’s in conjunction with Capital Workforce Partners, through the American Job Center, he said. “People can call and sign up over the phone, they don’t need to go anywhere.”
The classes will be held at the Adult Education Center, 210 Redstone Hill Road, and will cover Quality Control, CNC Machining, and various workplace skills related to manufacturing. Graduates receive a nationally recognized certificate from the New England Spring and Metalstamping Association (NESMA).
“We are working in conjunction with our partners at Rowley Spring and Stamping and NESMA, as well the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, City of Bristol and the Bristol Board of Education to modify the program to meet the current pandemic requirements, while still maintaining our programs academic rigor and requirements,” Covino said.
Covino is hoping to start the first or second week in October.
“It’s a 12-week program, but we might have to accelerate it. We have to be done by Dec. 31 because that’s when the funding goes away,” Covino said.
Adult Ed has hosted similar manufacturing training programs before, but 20 people would be the biggest cohort so far, he said. Participants will receive a $200 stipend for each week of training, to pay for a Chromebook if needed, training gear, and basic needs such as child care, transportation, and housing.
To sign up, or for more information, call 860-406-3374 and press 1, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or email@example.com.