Housatonic program boasts 100 percent job placement

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– Fresh off a visit to Sikorsky to check out how the pros do it as part of National Manufacturing Day, students at Bassick High in Bridgeport were back on the shop floor at Housatonic Community College Friday.

“It looks intimidating at first. But the more I started to pay attention and look in to stuff, the more I noticed it’s the same stuff we have here, just way bigger,” said Angelo Maldonado, a senior at Bassick.

Maldonado is part of the College Connection program. High school kids, learning advanced manufacturing while also earning college credits.

“It’s really exciting. To know that you’re getting high school grade and college grade for the same time,” said Omar Lukole, a senior at Bassick. “It’s really something good.” 8 Secs

Housatonic Advanced Manufacturing Program director Richard Dupont want students and the general public to know that manufacturing today is alive and well in Connecticut.

“The announcement’s recently about Electric Boat, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky all tell you there will be thousands of new jobs,” Dupont said. “They’re high-tech, they’re clean. What you see here today is very indicative of what you see of a manufacturing environment everywhere.”

The training prepares students for entry-level positions in advanced manufacturing. Dupont said over three years, they’ve boasted a 100 percent job placement rate upon graduation.

“Everything we learn here is the same stuff exactly that you need for out there,” Maldonado said. “Can’t get more prepared than here from what I’ve seen.”

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