Aug. 9, 2013

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HCC Receives $10,000 Donation
From Bank of America

For New Advanced Manufacturing Center

BRIDGEPORT - Housatonic Community College has received a $10,000 donation from Bank of America for its Regional Advanced Manufacturing Center.

The donation, said HCC Director of Institutional Advancement Christopher R. Carollo, is the second one the program has received from the bank. The bank donated $5,000 to the center last year and increased it to $10,000 on its own volition.

“We’re delighted to see the positive response of the business community to our Regional Advanced Manufacturing Center and the programs it offers,” Carollo said. “Our goal is to become the premier educational resource for the various constituencies in our 11-town service area and the business community is one such constituency.”

“Manufacturing in the area and the nation is leading economic growth,” Carollo said. “Through the application of state-of-the-art technology, manufacturers have become more competitive and they need to hire more workers with advanced manufacturing skills. HCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Program is designed to meet this industry need.”

The manufacturing center’s first offering is the two-certificate Advanced Manufacturing Program that prepares 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.

The yearlong 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 includes advanced courses in manufacturing math and blueprint reading; principles of quality control; and advanced manufacturing machinery courses in lathe operation, milling, and CNC.