BRIDGEPORT -- Housatonic Community College, in conjunction with the College of Technology’s Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, will conduct its final an open house on Manufacturing for the 21st Century Thursday, Aug. 20.

The open house, which will be held at the college from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., will focus on emerging trends and current practice in lean manufacturing and HCC’s industrial technology program. It is the final workshop scheduled before the Aug. 26 start of the Fall semester.

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 technical course in the Industrial Technology program, CAD Mechanical AutoCAD in the Fall semester.

The session 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 workshop will be held in Room A225 in Lafayette Hall.

For more information, contact Academic Coordinator Bill Griffin or 203-332-5056.

Registration for the Fall semester is going on now. You can register online through Aug. 31, or in person Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. through Wednesday, Aug. 26 (10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19 and Monday, August 24.) Classes start Aug. 26. For more information, click on <> or call Admissions at 203-332-5100 or the Registrar’s Office at 203-332-5088.