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November 21, 2019 – New Manufacturing Apprenticeship Center Opens at Grasso Tech

From left, EB employees Michael Bibalo, Courtney Murphy, Nancy Martin, Jemiel Rose and Susan Adams

On Tuesday, November 19, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the Three Rivers Community College Manufacturing Apprenticeship Center at Ella T. Grasso Technical High School in Groton. The Manufacturing Apprenticeship Center, an 8,500 square foot facility, is for students of Three Rivers Community College who are enrolled in the Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative.

The Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative (MPI), a program run through the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, trains individuals for manufacturing jobs, mostly at Electric Boat, but also at other regional manufacturers. Students enrolled in the MPI can now take courses at Grasso’s new facility, which opened for classes on October 14.

The courses offered at the Manufacturing Apprenticeship Center include introduction to machine operator, sheet metal, ship fitting, electrical, welding and design. The center, stocked with manufacturing equipment, also includes a mock-up of a submarine hull which allows students to practice in a realistic environment.

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