June 7, 2012


HCC Unveils New Program For Advanced Manufacturing Center

Register Now for Fall 2012 Semester

Informational Open Houses Scheduled

BRIDGEPORT- Housatonic Community College has unveiled a two-certificate Advanced Manufacturing Program for its new regional manufacturing center that will open this August

The program, which is accepting applications now for the Fall, 2012 semester, will prepare students for advanced manufacturing positions that include machine operator, CNC (Computer Numeric Control) operator, CNC programmer, assembler, and Quality Control inspector. These can pay in the $15-$20 per-hour range.

“Manufacturing in the area and the nation is leading economic growth,” said Bill Griffin, HCC’s academic coordinator, who spearheaded the drive for the new manufacturing center and the program. “Through the application of state-of-the-art technology, manufacturers are more competitive and they need to hire more skilled workers with advanced manufacturing skills.” HCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Program is designed to meet this industry need.

To acquaint prospective students with the program, HCC will conduct a series of free informational open houses. They will be in Room 287 in Beacon Hall on June 12, 2:00 p.m.; June 14, 2:00 p.m.; June 19, 6:00 p.m.; June 21, 6:00 p.m.; June 26, 2:00 p.m.; and June 28, 2:00 p.m.

The manufacturing center will be funded in part by HCC’s share of a $17.8 million grant funded by state legislature. A manufacturing lab and engineering/design studio are being built to support the college’s credit and non-credit manufacturing programs.

The new equipment that will be installed in the center will enable students to gain experience operating both manual and Computer Numeric Control (CNC) equipment with Fanuc, Siemens, and Haas controls.
The year-long program, which requires a 35-hour-per-week commitment from students, will lead to two certificates, a basic manufacturing certificate and an advanced manufacturing certificate. Both certificate tracks are financial-aid eligible.
The 16-credit basic manufacturing certificate courses will be offered during the Fall semester while the 18-credit advanced manufacturing certificate courses will be offered in the Spring.

The basic manufacturing certificate track includes courses in Computer Aided Design (CAD), blueprint reading; drill, press and saw operation; grinding; bench work; lathe operation; milling; and CNC. While providing the foundation to pursue the advanced manufacturing certificate, the basic certificate will also include training in math for manufacturing, lean manufacturing, metrology, computer applications, and careers in manufacturing.

The advanced certificate will include advanced courses in manufacturing math and blueprint reading; principles of quality control; and advanced manufacturing machinery courses in lathe operation, milling, and CNC.
During the Fall semester, students can chose from two schedules. Students will spend approximately half their time in classroom activities and half in the manufacturing lab with hands-on projects. Students will be given an assessment to determine their math and language skills. Students needing a refresher will be given access to the college’s math and language resources.

For more information, visit our website at or contact Griffin at 203-332-5056 or

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Boulevard in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage..

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Anson C. Smith, Public Relations Coordinator
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Tel: 203-332-5229, Fax: 203-332-5247