quinebaug valley community college

From the Director

Now is the time to get involved in advanced manufacturing

Steve LaPointe

As we approach the halfway point of our Fall semester, the Advanced Manufacturing Center is running at full capacity. Workforce development and training in manufacturing has become a priority for the State of Connecticut to remain competitive on a global basis. QVCC has something for everyone out there to get a fresh start in a new career. We have both daytime and nighttime cohorts running in our Advanced Manufacturing 34 credit certificate with around 60 full time students. Our newly created Mechatronics Certificate (30 credits) has sparked incredible interest as the field of automation is truly the wave of the future. I can tell you this will be one of the most lucrative positions in the near future. We are also running an Intro to Manufacturing for unemployed or under employed candidates with the help and support of the Eastern Workforce Investment Board. This Pipeline Program is a 7 week, 210 hour class focused on Math, Blueprint Reading and Metrology. Most of these graduates are getting employment offers from Electric Boat and our Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance partners.

Some incredible numbers we have achieved to date are:

Advanced Manufacturing Certificates                                                     142

National Institute of Metalworking Skills Credentials                        304

Manufacturing Pipeline Graduates                                                           132

Employment and Job Placement Rate                                                     95%

QVCC is presently looking to offer both credit and noncredit classes in Metrology, Lean Concepts, Intro to Wire EDM and Intro to CNC.

QVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center will be hosting its 4th annual Manufacture Your Future event. We have invited over 250 students from 15 area high schools to get a firsthand look at careers in advanced manufacturing with employment opportunities right here in our local area. As our programs continue to gain momentum it is a good idea to apply to the college and get the process started. These classes have limited enrollment and it is on a first come first serve basis–registration for Spring 2018 begins November 1st.  There will be an Open House event on November 15th at 6 pm for students to tour the college and to get more information on our various programs. This would be a great opportunity to see the Advanced Manufacturing Center in action as students perform operations on projects in all of the machines.  Maybe you will join the new group of future machinists who will be joining the program for Spring 2018.


Stephen LaPointe
QVCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center