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Connecticut manufacturing jobs strengthened by program

Posted on April 30, 2019

More Connecticut manufacturing jobs were strengthened by a program.

The Eastern Connecticut Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative is a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor and local manufacturers that has
resulted in over 1,300 job placements at local manufacturers, including over 700 jobs at Electric Boat.

At Murphy’s request, Secretary Acosta visited Connecticut to see the program firsthand.

Murphy, Blumenthal, and U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) secured millions in federal funding for the manufacturing initiative, and continue to work with the Trump Administration to secure additional federal funding to strengthen Connecticut’s growing manufacturing industry.

The officials visited Quinebaug Valley Community College’s Manufacturing Pipeline training program and met with students enrolled in the “Manufacturing Pipeline Inside Machinist Course.”

They then met with local manufacturers, pipeline graduates, and representatives from Electric Boat, the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, and the Connecticut Department of Labor at the new American Job Center in Uncasville.

Finally, they visited General Dynamic Electric Boat in Groton. General Dynamic Electric Boat will need to hire 900 people in 2019 alone to keep pace with building two Virginia-class submarines a year.
“I’m really glad Secretary Acosta came today to see the Eastern Connecticut Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative and talk to manufacturers and students firsthand. We have an exciting story to tell about the boom in jobs in our submarine manufacturing supply chain, and the pipeline
initiative is critical to making sure we have workers with the right skills to fill jobs in demand,” said Senator Murphy.

“I appreciate the opportunity to see firsthand how workforce education is helping workers learn in-demand job skills here in Connecticut. Initiatives like the ones we saw today help to fill the current 7.1 million job openings across the nation with family-sustaining jobs,” said Secretary Acosta.
“More skilled training is the key to unlocking Connecticut’s workforce potential. Ongoing educational investments is vital to ensuring that we have a well-trained and highly skilled workforce to build the next generation of jet engines, helicopters, and nuclear-powered submarines. I am proud to stand with Senator Murphy and Governor Lamont as we fight to
secure the funding which will produce the next generation of workers our local companies depend upon,” said Senator Blumenthal.

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