BRIDGEPORT -- Housatonic Community College, in conjunction with the College of Technology’s Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, will conduct four open houses on Manufacturing for the 21st Century.

The open houses, which will be held at the college from 4:30 to 6:00 pm on November 20, December 11, January 8, and January 15, will focus on emerging trends and current practice in lean manufacturing and HCC’s industrial technology program.

The discussion of lean manufacturing will focus on cutting-edge practices to reduce waste, reduce defects, help an organization adopt a continuous improvement culture, increase flexibility in the manufacturing process, and empower employees to learn from their mistakes and improve their skills.

The discussion of HCC’s Industrial Technology Program will focus on how the program provides the knowledge and skills needed by today’s manufacturers in order to compete in a competitive global marketplace. 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 will offer the first and second courses in the Industrial Technology program, CAD Mechanical AutoCAD and Manufacturing Processes, next semester.

The December 11 and January 15 sessions will offer information on the AutoCad course. The course, to be offered Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., will provide an introduction to the drawing field. Key areas of emphasis will include technical drafting practices, procedures and processes, the visualization of multi-view drawings, CAD literacy and the application of CAD to various engineering fields. Students will have an opportunity to complete a wide array of drawing assignments using their CAD workstations.

The November 20 and January 8 open houses will offer information on the Manufacturing Processes course, which will meet on Mondays (6:00 to 8:00 pm) and Wednesdays (6:00 to 9:00 pm). A foundational course in the Industrial Technology Program, it emphasizes theoretical concepts as well as the practical knowledge and skills required in the manufacturing process.

The laboratory portion emphasizes the practical application of machine tools and associated precision measuring tools and instruments. Labs will involve set-ups and procedures for milling machines, lathes, grinders and drill presses

For more information, contact Academic Coordinator Bill Griffin at or 203-332-5056; Industrial Technology Outreach Coordinator Frank Warecke at or 203-332-5227; or Math/Science Department Chair Shirley Zajdel, at or call 203-332-5155.