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From the Director

Contact Information

Steve Lapointe
Advanced Manufacturing

Jodi Clark
Assistant Director
Advanced Manufacturing


Steve LaPointe

Is it too premature to say we are in a “post COVID” era? 2023 already, WOW!! I know there are still many positive cases showing up through home tests etc, but this hasn’t affected the hands-on classroom instruction in our Advanced Manufacturing programs. Either way QVCC is marching forward to try and deliver the best education and training to meet our community business partners needs for qualified individuals. As we move into our Spring ’23 semester, I am starting to place the students in employment opportunities right here in “The Quiet  Corner”. We have so many student testimonials that keeps us driving forward for more success.

We are starting to promote the classes and how to enroll for Fall 2023 under the new one college model CT State. QVCC hosts various hand-on workshops for high school students to participate in real world applications that might be found at a job in machining or automation. There’s a saying “you don’t know what you don’t know” and I have a strong feeling most young adults don’t know how fun a job in manufacturing can be and the rewards associated with holding something that you create from scratch. We offer shadow programs that allows a student to participate in a night of a QVCC manufacturing student. This is a great opportunity to meet other students in the program as well as experience the shop atmosphere. The industries in our area are mainly plastics, medical, green energy, aerospace and defense. Each of these play an important role in the success of our region and the country in general. The easiest part of my job is getting you employed locally in one of these great companies.

Just because most of the businesses are listed as manufacturers, there are many pathways that QVCC offers. From business, computers, cyber security and more, every business has similar needs. And how about free college?!! The classes are small and the student to teacher ratio is incredibly low, meaning super support to make each student successful. There are many ways scholarship money can also help ease the financial burden, just simply apply.

So in conclusion I am asking for you to give me and the amazing QVCC team a chance to help you succeed on a new path to an exciting, well paying career. We have an Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics Info Session on February 23rd at 6:30 pm. Come and visit to find out more and see why QVCC has one of the best training programs in the country.

Stephen LaPointe
Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center