UCONN’s Joule Fellows Explore QVCC’s Manufacturing and Engineering Programs

The Joule Fellows Program at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) gives middle school, high school, and community college instructors a chance to participate in current research and develop lessons and activities to bring engineering principles into their classroom. As part of the program, Joule Fellows attend various enrichment activities around the state in interesting and relevant locations.

In early August, Joule Fellows from UCONN attended a tour of QVCC’s manufacturing and engineering programs and completed a related workshop on 3D scanning, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), 3D printing, and Laser Cutting. They measured parts, made simple sketches on paper with relevant dimensions, then created those parts using a 3D CAD program, SolidWorks. They took a 3D-printed box, and cut and etched a matching lid from mirrored cast acrylic with their own custom text on it using our laser cutter. There was also a brief live 3D scanning demo.

Two students, Cassandra Miller from QVCC, and Amit Thakkar from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), helped Prof. Jakob Spjut run the workshop and assisted the Joule Fellows with their workshop tasks. They also shared some details of their summer project, as they worked on a NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium (CTSGC) Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research project to redesign the statewide Community College Quadcopter Challenge under Prof. Jakob Spjut (QVCC) and Prof. Ravindra Thamma (CCSU). As QVCC campus director for the space grant, Prof. Spjut also shared additional statewide opportunities for high school teachers to get involved with the Space Grant, which is NASA’s educational outreach arm inside of Connecticut, administered out of University of Hartford.

DECD Commissioner Visits the QVCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center

Visit to the Quiet Corner Included stop by Commissioner Lehman and Local Officials

A visit to The Quinebaug Valley Community College Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC) was part of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), David Lehman’s tour through Killingly. Hosted by Killingly Town Manager, Mary Calorio, a QVCC alum, and the Killingly Economic Development Director, Jill St. Clair, Lehman had the opportunity to hear, first-hand, the impact the AMTC has in the community and region.

QVCC Director of Advanced Manufacturing, Steve LaPointe, and Assistant Director, of Advanced Manufacturing, Jodi Clark, provided a tour of the 10,000 square foot center and expounded upon the success of the program and continued demand for graduates by local and regional business partners. While visiting Putnam Plastics and United Natural Foods Inc., in the Killingly Industrial Park, Lehman had the opportunity to meet graduates of the program who offered high praise for the program. LaPointe stated, “Our students and graduates not only have fun learning while learning skills in our programs, they continue to succeed in their real-world experiences. They have careers that have a foundation with what they learned at QVCC. We keep in touch with our graduates and it’s a great feeling to see them succeed and add to the growth of Northeast Connecticut.” LaPointe added, “We have opportunity for additional growth by expanding our programs to Willimantic and hope to see this become a reality sooner than later.”

Calorio stated, “We are an innovative area and are here to help retain our local businesses and help them with expansion and unlocking space for new growth.” St. Clair added, “Growth and expansion stems from education. We have the pieces here and just need to make the connections. This is a special program.”

Also joining in on the visit were Connecticut State Senator Mae Flexer, Northeast Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Betti Kuszaj, and Shawn Johnston, a QVCC alum.

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Advanced Manufacturing Certificate
Mechatronics Automation Technician Certificate

DECD visit to AMTC
Left to Right: Mary Calorio, Jill St. Clair, Jodi Clark, Steve LaPointe, Commissioner David Lehman, Mae Flexer and Shawn Johnston

Release: June 23, 2021

Visit Us Virtually and On Campus

DANIELSON — The following events at Quinebaug Valley Community College are free and open to the public:

INFORMATION SESSIONS: MEET WITH ADMISSIONS
Tuesdays, June 15, 22, or 29 at 5:30 pm | Virtual
Learn about our 50+ degree and certificate programs, get your questions answered about the admissions process, and hear how you might qualifty for FREE tuition. It’s always FREE to apply to QVCC. Register now at QVCC.edu/virtual-information-sessions.

ACCEPTED STUDENT DAYS
June 23 or 24, 2—6 pm | Virtual or *On Campus
You’ve been accepted to QVCC! Not sure what your next steps are? Attend one of our Accepted Student Days and receive personal, one-on-one assistance, virtually or by appointment on campus. The Admissions Team can help you complete your Accepted Student Checklist, create your schedule for the fall, and more!

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING & MECHATRONICS TOUR AND INFORMATION SESSION
June 23, 4 OR 6 pm | *On Campus 
There is a huge demand for our graduates by local and regional businesses. Meet our team, tour our facilities, and learn about internships and job placement for graduates. No RSVP needed!

*On the Danielson campus

 

Advanced Manufacturing Virtual Information Session

Advanced Manufacturing Virtual Information Session

This Advanced Manufacturing Virtual Information Session will be hosted by QVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Department. Attendees can learn more about our state of the art Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC), the Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology and Mechatronics Automation Technician certificates, paid internship programs, credit transfer to an AS in Technology Studies, and more! You can also have your questions answered by AMTC staff and faculty.

Questions?
Contact Sandy Gould at sgould@qvcc.edu.

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Sixth Annual Manufacture Your Future

Manufacture Your Future

QVCC will welcome more than 200 students from area high schools for a hands-on introduction to QVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC). Activities will include:

  • A tour of the AMTC
  • Interactive workshops
  • Live demonstrations
  • The opportunity to meet graduates of the AMTC program

Guidance counselors are strongly recommended to attend. More than 25 business from Eastern Connecticut will be on hand to talk with students about career opportunities. Contact: Jodi Clark (jclark1@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4128).

Sixth Annual Manufacture Your Future Event at Quinebaug Valley Community College

QVCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology CenterOn Friday, October 25 from 8:30am-12:30pm, Quinebaug Valley Community College will welcome more than 200 students from area high schools for the Sixth Annual Manufacture Your Future event. This event is held each year in October during Advanced Manufacturing Month in Connecticut.

Manufacture Your Future is a hands-on introduction to QVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC). Activities will include a tour of the AMTC, the opportunity to meet graduates of the AMTC program, live demonstrations and interactive workshops. The workshops the students will attend are:

  • Programmable Logic Controllers with our PLC’s adjunct who is also a representative from PepsiCo
  • Lean Concepts with a representative from Fastenal
  • Romer Arm 3D Scanning with a representative from Hexagon Metrology
  • Robotics with one of our Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics alums

Steve LaPointe, Director of QVCC’s AMTC, explained, “Manufacture Your Future is so important for students because it serves as a pipeline into career exploration in the field of advanced manufacturing.” He continued, “We’ve got students coming from high schools in central Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It’s great that we can show students from surrounding states what QVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program has to offer.”

Guidance counselors are strongly recommended to attend. More than 25 business from Eastern Connecticut will be on hand to talk with students about career opportunities.

For more information, contact Jodi Clark (jclark1@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4128).

QVCC Celebrates Manufacturing Month

October is Manufacturing Month. In observance, Quinebaug Valley Community College will host the following events:

  • October 17 – AMTC Art Show – “The Art of Manufacturing” show, featuring art from Asnuntuck, Housatonic, Naugatuck Valley and Quinebaug Valley Community Colleges Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers, will be open from October 7-25. The opening reception will be held in the SPIROL Art Gallery on October 17 from 5:30-7:30pm. Contact: Sandy Gould (sgould@qvcc.edu, 860-932- 4178).
  • October 18 – 2019 New England HTEC Educators Conference – Network with manufacturing professionals, meet with leading experts in tooling, software and metrology, learn about available support from Haas, enter for a chance to win a Haas CNC Simulator, and more! Breakfast and lunch are provided. Registration is free. 8am-3pm at the Danielson Campus. Contact: Jodi Clark (jclark@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4128).
  • October 25 – Sixth Annual Manufacture Your Future – QVCC will welcome more than 200 students from area high schools for a hands-on introduction to QVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC). Activities will include a tour of the AMTC, interactive workshops and live demonstrations, and the opportunity to meet graduates of the AMTC program. Guidance counselors strongly recommended to attend. More than 25 business from Eastern Connecticut will be on hand to talk with students about career opportunities. Contact: Jodi Clark (jclark@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4128).

QVCC Offers Manufacturing Career Opportunities Through Collaboration with Windham High School

As the demand rises for skilled manufacturers in Connecticut, so does the initiative of Quinebaug Valley Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center. As a result of the Windham High School Early College Opportunity (ECO) Program, the QVCC Manufacturing program is providing local high school students with the academic foundation and applied experience to have successful manufacturing careers.

Students at Windham High School (WHS) have the opportunity to gain manufacturing skills through related courses offered by the high school, such as MFG 124 Blueprint Reading I, MFG 105 Manufacturing Math II, and MFG 153 Benchwork. This summer, incoming seniors at WHS continued their coursework at QVCC by taking two more manufacturing classes, MFG 154 Lathe I and MFG 155 Milling I, leaving only two classes left for students to complete the Basic Manufacturing Machine Technology Level I Certificate. At the end of the four-week period, 18 students completed the Lathe I course and 12 students completed the Milling I course. Five of the students from Lathe I did not take Milling I due to opportunities to participate in paid internships at Electric Boat and other companies. Funding for the Windham High School ECO Program is provided through College Career Pathways (CCP).

QVCC also runs the Intro to Manufacturing Pipeline, a 7-week, 210-hour program with five programs scheduled to run from September 2019 – June 2020. Working with the Eastern Workforce Investment Board, students are recruited and placed in manufacturing jobs at Electric Boat and other Eastern CT businesses.

For more information about QVCC’S Advanced Manufacturing Program, visit us at the Advanced Manufacturing Information Session and Registration Day on Saturday, August 10 from 9-10am.