HARTFORD - A Student-Manufacturer Connection Fair, pairing local manufacturers with technical high school and college students, will be held at the state Capitol on May 22.
The fair will bring together state manufacturing companies and students from technical high schools and college programs to provide manufacturers an opportunity to showcase their work and students a chance to explore career paths.
The event is presented in partnership with the Connecticut Technical High School System, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, and state Sen. Joan Hartley, D-Waterbury, chairwoman of the Manufacturing Caucus.
“The idea was inspired by EDAC Technologies, a growing manufacturer in my district in Cheshire, when they shared that they were looking for ways to connect with manufacturing students across Connecticut,” said state Rep. Liz Linehan, D-Cheshire. “Our goal is to bring together students who will be entering the workforce soon with manufacturers who need skilled workers to help grow their businesses. It’s a win for everybody. Students can explore all Connecticut’s manufacturing industry has to offer and business owners can connect with the next generation of innovators.”
“Manufacturing is a strong pillar of our economy, with many sectors growing and in search of skilled employees,” said Aresimowicz. “Developing this workforce is a priority of the legislature, and events such as this are a great way to bring companies face to face with our students looking to begin a career right here at home in Connecticut.”
Jeff Hughes, vice president of human resources at EDAC Technologies, said the company’s goal is to have the state’s “best and brightest students” on their radar. “EDAC Technologies is proud to be a growing presence in Cheshire and Connecticut and behind our success are our workers.”
Manufacturing is a major career path with a multitude of specialties, said Hartley. “It is our hope that the Student-Manufacturer Connection Fair will serve as an effective connection between Connecticut’s schools and manufacturing sector. This event is a great opportunity for business owners to meet some of Connecticut’s brightest young minds. Connections like this serve to strengthen our state’s school-to-work pipeline and build a stronger manufacturing sector.”
The Connecticut Technical High School System provides students “the authentic application of skills that employers are looking for,” said CTHSS Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Wihbey.
Connecticut-based manufacturers can register by calling Outreach Coordinator Danielle Palladino at 860-240-1479 or by emailing .