July 10, 2014

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John Ratzenberger to Introduce Community Center Students to Advanced Manufacturing

Student Summer Program will be part of American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Launch

First Hall of Fame Inductees To Be Announced

BRIDGEPORT – During the two-part launch of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame on July 15, noted actor and manufacturing advocate John Ratzenberger will meet with Community Center Summer Program students from the Bridgeport-based McGivney and Cardinal Sheehan Community Centers to introduce them to Advanced Manufacturing techniques and show them possibilities in a career in manufacturing.

The student program will take place simultaneously with the media introduction to the Hall.

The Hall of Fame was developed by a Housatonic Community College Foundation steering committee comprised of local citizens interested in helping promote the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Program.

With Ratzenberger’s involvement, the Hall’s mission will be to raise awareness of the positive aspects and solid economic sense that Advanced Manufacturing brings to U.S. communities, and to raise funding for manufacturing students and programs to create American jobs.

Future plans include creation of a museum that will permanently house the Hall and feature rotating manufacturing exhibits and an interactive manufacturing learning center. The museum will be located in Bridgeport, a powerhouse of manufacturing in the United States for decades.

At the media launch, the first inductees into the Hall will be announced. The first inductees were selected from an exhaustive list of Bridgeport area manufacturers from three eras that roughly break down to the following; Pre-World War II, Post WWII through the introduction of the Personal Computer, and the contemporary period from the PC to the present age. The Hall will expand regionally and then nationally in selecting inductees that have significantly impacted American life and the economy.

Approximately seventy-five students will tour the Advanced Manufacturing Facility and meet the staff, participate in three workshops to learn manufacturing techniques, meet several manufacturers who will hold a “student friendly” expo for them and meet Ratzenberger.

Ratzenberger will serve as the Inaugural Chairman of the Hall’s steering committee. The well-known film and television actor is most often associated with his roles in Pixar animated films, as the former host of the television series “Made in America” and the producer and future host of the series “American Made.” Ratzenberger is a Bridgeport native with strong community and family ties and currently splits his time between CT and Southern California.

The launch for media and manufacturing guests will be held in Beacon Hall on the HCC campus beginning at 9 AM. The student event will kick-off in the Lafayette Hall cafeteria at 9:30 AM. The two buildings are a few steps apart and will be well marked. A full schedule is attached.

The media launch will comprise of brief opening remarks by Anita Gliniecki, President of Housatonic Community College, a press conference with Ratzenberger, public dignitaries and steering committee members announcing the inaugural class of the Hall, a panel discussion with area manufacturers about the most pressing concerns to advanced manufacturing in CT, and a brief discussion on cutting edge technology that is changing the face of manufacturing. CT State Senator Andres Ayala, (D – 23rd district) will attend the event.

Inductions will take place each year in October, National Manufacturing Month. The inaugural induction will take place on October 7, 2014 in Bridgeport at HCC. Companies nominated for induction must go through multiple committees before reaching the selection committee, where final decisions are made. All selections are the independent choices of the committees.

Schedule of for July 15th for Launch of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame
Community Center Students Schedule – Beginning in Lafayette Hall Cafeteria

9 AM Media event begins in Beacon Hall Event Center (below)

9:30 AM Students arrive

9:30 – 9:45 Registration

9:45 – 10:00 Welcome by Linda Bayusik – Housatonic Community College, (retired).

Real Life Story – Clarkson University Engineering Student Dominique Bukovan.
Ms. Bukovan will briefly discuss opportunities for students, especially young women, in the STEM studies field - (Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing). Many of these participating students are not aware these opportunities exist.

Real Life Story – HCC Advanced Manufacturing Program graduates and spouses Ashleigh (Journeyman Toolmaker) and James Amorando (Apprentice Toolmaker), both from PEP Lacey
The graduates of the program will talk about the student experience and what to expect as an HCC student in the program

10:00 – 10:15 Ice breaker – sticks and cups exercise
How does teamwork positively affect manufacturing? Students will learn the key steps in the manufacturing process and how a team works together to accomplish a goal.

10:20- 12:05 PM Workshop for Legos
Master Lego builder Bill Probert will introduce students to basic mechanical building fundamentals using toy bricks. Each student will actively work on a specific Lego project using detailed plans.

Workshop for Confetti Launcher
Students will create a working tool using basic materials and skills to create a functioning machine that serves an implicit purpose.

(Students will participate in the two workshops in 50-minute blocks.)
12:05 PM Break

12:10 – 12:40 Tour of Manufacturing Center with John Ratzenberger and Anita Gliniecki, President of HCC.
Students will be divided into four groups and each will explore Engineering and Design, 3D imaging and more

12:40 – 1:00 Lunch (Students move to Section C of the Event Center)
John to discuss his love of manufacturing
Anita to describe how to prepare in High School for further study at HCC

1:00 – 1:55 Exhibitors in Section C of the Event Center in Beacon Hall

2:00 Depart HCC
Schedule for Launch of American Manufacturing Hall of Fame Media Event – Beacon Hall, 2nd floor, HCC (audio mult box provided for media)

9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome by Christopher McCormack, Partner at Pullman and Comley, President, Housatonic Community College Foundation.

Remarks by Anita Gliniecki – President of Housatonic Community College – (Dignitaries will be asked to stand and will be mentioned).

Expected to attend are members of the staff of US Senators Richard Blumenthal (D) and Christopher Murphy (D) and US Congressman Jim Himes (D – 4th)

9:15 – 9:30 Remarks by (ranking government official attending).

9:30 – 10:00 Press Conference with Media Q and A:

  • John Ratzenberger – Announcement of Inaugural Members of the HoF
  • Anita Gliniecki – Role of HCC in developing students for advanced manufacturing jobs
  • Ken Lisk, President of Lacey Manufacturing and Vice-President, HCCF, co-chair of steering committee – Current state of advanced manufacturing jobs
  • Danny Wisneski, IdeaEngineUSA, co-chair of the steering committee and member, HCCF BoD – Overview of how companies were chosen for inclusion

10:00 – 10:30 National Advanced Manufacturing Panel Discussion with Media Q and A – Moderated by Christopher McCormack).

Panel will discuss the most urgent needs of advanced manufacturers in the current economic and global environment.

  • John Ratzenberger
  • Patrick McDonnell, Sr. Director of Conservation and Load Management, UIL
  • Janet M. Prisloe, Partner, Blum Shapiro, Manufacturing/Distribution Industry Group
  • Tom Auray, SVP, Bridgeport Fittings, steering committee.
  • Kathy Saint, President, Schwerdtle Stamp.
  • Mike Gugger, HCC Advanced Manufacturing Center Director
  • Ken Lisk

10:30 – 11:00 Brief lecture (with Q and A) on how new cutting-edge technology is changing manufacturing, the US economy and the world as we know it.
(TBD) Assa Abloy.

11:00 Opportunity for media to interview participants of the launch
Opportunity for media to go to Lafayette Hall and interview community center students . Manufacturing Expo open in Section C of Event Center