Prepare Your Students for Rewarding Careers in Manufacturing

These professional development offerings provide opportunities for K-16 educators to learn more about modern manufacturing, Industry 4.0, and the rewarding career opportunities the industry offers.


Learn about today’s manufacturing technologies and reinvigorate your teaching strategies to inspire your students to build their Industry 4.0 skills. Tour CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center in East Hartford to see the latest technologies in action and explore available career and educational resources


Part of CCATs mission is to support educators in encouraging students to consider careers in STEM and advanced manufacturing. We do this by hosting tours of our Advanced Technology Center in East Hartford. If you are a teacher, counselor, or administrator, learn more about the exciting advances in manufacturing technologies and how they shape jobs of the future.

See for yourself what cutting-edge machinery and tools manufacturers are adding to their shop floors. Meet CCAT engineers and get an up-close look at 3D printers, scanners, cobots, and lasers. Network and gain insights on the future of manufacturing and how this might align with your student’s talent, skill, and interest.


Wednesday, June 14, 2023 | 2-3 pm
CCAT Advanced Technology Center
409 Silver Lane
East Hartford, CT 06118

This event is FREE and open to educators, students, and administrators.
For more info., contact Eileen Candels, Director of Partnerships at (860) 558-5796.
For more details about the tour or to RSVP to attend:

Educators, administrators, counselors, and CTE teachers, join us online for the 2023 Connecticut Manufacturing Summit for Educators. Hear from Tracy Ariel of the Connecticut Office of Workforce Strategy; Paul Lavoie, Connecticut’s chief manufacturing officer; Shannon Marimón of ReadyCT; and Dr. Salvatore Menzo, Ed.D. of Goodwin University Magnet Schools. Get updates and engage with regional partners on current initiatives, upcoming events, and programs that can open doors for students interested in career opportunities within your community. This webinar is free, but registration is required.

Check out the official unveiling of with our partner Million Women Mentors CT! Sponsored by Stanley Black & Decker’s “Empower Makers” Global Impact Challenge, this website now celebrates rising Connecticut manufacturing champions who share their stories to inspire the next generation. Learn about Million Women Mentors CT from Carolyn Alessi and hear a panel discussion, featuring rising talent within the manufacturing industry.

Discussion moderated by:
Dr. Jackie Garofano, Chief Technology Officer, CCAT


Colette Ruden, Mechanical Engineer, Otis Elevator
Cristal Velez, Quality/Dimensional Inspector, Consolidated Industries
Maxine Kwentoh, Human Resources Manager, allnex
Tessa Nash, Office Manager, PENN GLOBE
Tina Oyeniya, Associate Director, Flight Safety and Investigations, Pratt & Whitney
and others!

Missed it? Watch at your convenience, online anytime!

Hear established, and up-and-coming industry leaders discuss creating a network of “Manufacturing MAKERS” to serve as industry advocates across Connecticut. Let’s bring teachers and businesspeople together to develop partnerships that benefit students and strengthen the local workforce. (June 2022)

Celebrate CT Manufacturing Month every day! Learn how to engage Connecticut students, especially females and others underrepresented in STEM, to pursue careers in modern manufacturing. Help guide students in identifying their talent, continue their education, and train for careers in CT. (October 2021)

The National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing is hosting 2022 Webinar Series for Educators: Careers & Trends in Advanced Manufacturing. This series will cover careers and trends in manufacturing technologies and an overview of opportunities in welding, lasers and Industry 4.0. (Spring 2022)

Session 1: PEOPLE
Hear firsthand from women in manufacturing leadership roles about growth in Connecticut companies. (March 2022)

Raising awareness of manufacturing careers for all students, focusing on increasing access and engaging those underrepresented in STEM.

Session 2: PATHWAYS

Hear from rising manufacturing professionals about the varied journeys to successful careers and the key role mentors play in inspiring and advocating for student success. (April 2022)

Raising awareness of manufacturing careers for all students, focusing on increasing access and engaging those underrepresented in STEM.

Discover emerging technologies that may align with the interest of your students and learn more about resources available through Connecticut College of Technology. (May 2022)

Raising awareness of manufacturing careers for all students, focusing on increasing access and engaging those underrepresented in STEM.

Million Women Mentors-CT & The Connecticut Afterschool Alliance hosted this Virtual Coffee event about STEM Pathways. Learn about statewide programs designed to expose and raise awareness of career paths and futures in STEM among students. (January 2022)


Over 4,000 manufacturing companies in Connecticut employ more than 160,000 workers. Discover how the industry is evolving through the nine Industry 4.0 technologies impacting industrial production and learn about career and educational pathways available to your students.



The world of manufacturing has exploded with advancements in 3D printing. Go beyond the basics of desktop 3D printing and learn the latest additive technologies used in aerospace, medical, sustainable energy and modern manufacturing industries to share with your students.


Learn about the advances in non-contact inspection systems, fundamentals of how they work, and their application across a variety of industries. Discover how this technology is helping to streamline processes and the rewarding careers this technology promises for students.


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