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A Next Act in Manufacturing: Building Tomorrow’s Workforce

Connecticut’s manufacturing industry is estimated to need between 25,000 and 35,000 new skilled workers for the state’s 4,100 manufacturers in the next 2 decades. Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, private colleges and the state’s comprehensive and technical high schools have done a great job getting students interested in manufacturing and trying to meet the need of the our state’s resurgent manufacturing industry. But the demand is such that it is outpacing the supply and the need for instructors is so great that AARP CT has begun assisting schools in identifying and recruiting retired manufacturers who might consider applying their real world skills in the classroom.

In January we hosted our first retiree recruitment event and a dozen retired manufacturers joined us to learn about the array of opportunities available in the classroom. The entry points are such that a retiree could earn a little income by working a few hours a week or entirely re-career into a full time position.
Real life experience matters and brings a value to the next generation of manufacturers that just cannot be found in books. Our unique public-private partnership focuses on what is needed to support retirees who have many years to give to the next generation. This effort supports Connecticut’s Advanced Manufacturing Strategic Plan and a critical driver of our state’s economic future.


March 26, 2019, 9:00 AM
Goodwin College, East Hartford

June 13, 2019, 12:30 PM
Tunxis Community College, Farmington



For more information contact:
Nora Duncan, State Director

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