New classes help prepare students to enter workforce

Published on Monday, 9 July 2018 18:51
Written by Karla Santos


FARMINGTON – Tunxis Community College is accepting applicants for the new advanced manufacturing technology programs.

For students who don’t know which career path to take or individuals who are looking for a career change, there will be an information session about the manufacturing programs on Wednesday, July 18 at 6 p.m. at building 600, room 6-127.

A second information session will take place at Asnuntuck Community College on July 24 at 3 p.m. in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, Room 420. Individuals who are interested can register online at to attend the sessions.

These meetings are informational and they are meant to advise attendees about financial aid, the admissions and application process and transfer options for bachelor’s degrees.

Tunxis developed the programs in response to local manufacturers’ needs for qualified workers.

“With 14,000 manufacturing job openings statewide, it’s a great time to learn more about this exciting career path,” said Dr. James Lombella, President of Tunxis and Asnuntuck. “We are working closely with members of the manufacturing sector to meet their workforce needs while offering pathways to our students for careers in advanced manufacturing technology,” he continued.

“These are not just jobs, but high-tech careers that will enable students to become self-sustaining, tax-paying citizens in our state and strengthen Connecticut’s economy.”

Fall semester courses start in August. Students can obtain associate’s degrees or certificates in Machine Technology and Electro-Mechanical Maintenance Technology. Full-time students can get their first credentials in two semesters.

Students who enroll in the Machine Technology Program will have manufacturing classes twice a week at Asnuntuck’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in Enfield.

The facilities at Tunxis are currently being renovated, but once construction is completed, students will be able to take the courses at the Tunxis campus.

Computer Numerical Control will be taught in the Machine Technology program, as well as in the Electro-Mechanical program. Electro-Mechanical students will learn how to repair CNC equipment.

They will also learn to develop and modify products, how to troubleshoot electrical and mechanical issues and how to create manufacturing systems.

Manufacturing Technology credits from Tunxis can be applied towards a bachelor’s degree at other Connecticut institutions of higher education.

Tunxis provides more than 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, and in 2014 the school received a $2.8 million grant that initiated the College of Technology’s Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing.

To learn more about Tunxis call 860-773-1490.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Manufacturing on Monday, 9 July 2018 18:51. Updated: Monday, 9 July 2018 18:53.