HCC Workshop: Manufacturing in the 21st Century

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Article Last Updated: 08/04/2008 07:27:53 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT-- Manufacturing in the 21st Century will be the focus of workshops Aug 14 and 21 at Housatonic Community College. The workshops, which are identical in content, will focus on emerging trends in lean manufacturing and on HCC's associate degree program in industrial technology, which was developed in consultation with area businesses. In addition, each will review HCC's AutoCad Course, which is being offered this fall.

"At each workshop, the discussion of Lean Manufacturing will focus on cutting-edge practices to reduce waste, reduce defects, and create a continuous improvement culture," said HCC academic coordinator Bill Griffin. "It will also cover increased flexibility in the manufacturing process, and empower employees to learn from their mistakes and improve their skills."

The Industrial Technology program presentation will focus on providing the knowledge and skills needed by today's manufacturers to compete in a competitive global marketplace, he said. Courses such as Writing and Research in Business and Industry (Technical Writing), CAD Mechanical AutoCAD, Statistical Process Control (SPC), Manufacturing Processes, Engineering Processes (Materials), Metrology, Environmental Safety and Health, and Computer Numeric Control (CNC) are designed to provide these skills, HCC officials say. Industrial Tech instructor John Sabulis will make the lean manufacturing and AutoCad presentation at each workshop, while Griffin will make the Industrial Technology program presentation. HCC will offer the CAD Mechanical AutoCAD course this fall on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Each workshop will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Room A225 at the college. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, call Griffin at (203) 332-5056.

Also, registration for HCC's fall semester is going on now. Classes start Sept. 2.