Along with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., they toured the manufacturing center at Quinebaug Valley Community College, partook in a roundtable at the Montville American Job Center and did a closed-press tour of Electric Boat. Gov. Ned Lamont joined them for the roundtable.
“One of the things I think is unique about this program is the level of cooperation between Electric Boat and the community college system,” Acosta told reporters. “The educators are going to the employers, those that are hiring, and saying, ‘What do you need?'”
Acosta noted there are 7.1 million jobs open nationwide — outnumbering those who are seeking jobs by 1 million.
The Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative addresses the skills gap by providing free classes — such as design engineering, welding and pipefitting — that each run several hours every weekday for several weeks. The program has gotten federal, state and private funding.
To get into the program, one must be certified as unemployed or underemployed. EWIB President John Beauregard said this is because coordinators don’t want employers taking from one another, as that does nothing to help the supply chain.
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