Connecticut Manufacturing Centers

Enroll in a Manufacturing Center program across the state and earn your Advanced Manufacturing Certificates in one year.

About the Manufacturing Centers

Modeled after the highly successful Manufacturing Machine Technology Program at Asnuntuck Community College (Enfield), the state's three new Manufacturing Centers opened their doors in August 2012. We prepare our students for a career in manufacturing by providing classroom instruction, computer, and hands-on training in a lab environment.
Certificate Program Contacts 2013 Annual Report (pdf)


Student Success Center Manufacturing @ Housatonic

Commentary from students and employers regarding internship opportunities through the program

Student Success Center Manufacturing Tech Center

The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at Quinebaug Community College

Student Success Center Manufacturing Mania

Teaching students the manufacturing industry in CT is alive and growing.

4 Locations


Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology Certificate (1st Semester)

The first semester, 16-credits, provides essential entry-level skills by combining hands-on instruction, interactive lab experiences, and theory based courses.
  • MFG* 124 Blueprint Reading I
  • MFG* 151 Manufacturing Machinery -Drill Press and Saw
  • MFG* 152 Manufacturing Machinery - Grinding
  • MFG* 153 Manufacturing Machinery - Bench Work
  • MFG* 154 Manufacturing Machinery - Lathe I
  • MFG* 155 Manufacturing Machinery - Milling I
  • MFG* 156 Manufacturing Machinery - CNC I

Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology Certificate (2nd Semester)

In the second semester, the 18-credits provides additional skills and knowledge to those seeking employment in machine technology and CNC manufacturing environments. Students may have the opportunity to participate in on-site manufacturing internships during the second semester. Additionally, credits earned in both certificates may be applied to the College of Technology's (COT) Technology Studies Advanced Manufacturing degree option, which may be used for transfer to several four-year universities including Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford.
  • MFG* 105 Manufacturing Math II
  • MFG* 125 Blueprint Reading II
  • QUA* 114 Principles of Quality Control
  • MFG* 254 Manufacturing Machinery - Lathe II
  • MFG* 255 Manufacturing Machinery - Milling II
  • MFG* 256 Manufacturing Machinery - CNC II

At the completion of this certificate program students will have also earned their OSHA 10 certificate, 576 hours of related instruction toward an apprenticeship and the opportunity to obtain four National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) competency based credentials.

Center Contacts

Campus Contact
System Office
61 Woodland Street
Hartford, CT
Tracy Ariel
Director of Advanced Manufacturing Centers
Asnuntuck Community College
170 Elm Street
Enfield, CT

Paul Felici
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd.
Bridgeport, CT

Richard Dupont
Naugatuck Valley Community College
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT

Joseph DeFeo
Quinebaug Valley Community College
742 Upper Maple Street
Danielson, CT

Steve LaPointe

Statewide Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Committee (SAMAC)

SAMAC was formed to assist with the oversight and guidance of work at the CSCU manufacturing centers. The existence, support and guidance of SAMAC will help to successfully grow and enhance the work of these centers.

2015 Meeting Schedule

Date Location
January 15, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT - 3rd Floor, rm 313 (former 331)
February 19, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT - 3rd Floor, rm 313 (former 331)
March 19, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. CANCELLED 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT - 3rd Floor, rm 313 (former 331)
April 23, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT - 3rd Floor, rm 313 (former 331)
May 21, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT - 3rd Floor, rm 313 (former 331)
June 18, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT - 3rd Floor, rm 313 (former 331)
September 17, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT - 3rd Floor, rm 313 (former 331)
October 22, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT - 3rd Floor, rm 313 (former 331)
November 19, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT - 3rd Floor, rm 313 (former 331)
December 17, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT - 3rd Floor, rm 313 (former 331)

Advisory Committee Members

Name Position/Affiliation
Tracy Ariel, Co-ChairDirector, Advanced Manufacturing Centers,
CT Board of Regents for Higher Education/CSCU
Catherine AwwadExecutive Director, Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board
John BeauregardExecutive Director, Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board
Dave BoianoDirector, Quality Assurance, Prospect Machine Products
Ray CoombsPresident, West Minster Tool
Andrea Comer, Co-ChairExecutive Director, CBIA Education Foundation
Donald DastoliDirector, HR/Ethics & Compliance Officer, Aerogear
Joseph DefeoCoordinator, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, STEM, Naugatuck Valley Community College
Chris DiPentimaPresident, Pegasus Manufacturing
Edward DombroskiManufacturing Program Coordinator, Manchester Community College
Richard DupontPresident, Resource Development Associations
Elliot GinsbergCCAT President & CEO
Hubert GodinAdvanced Manufacturing Center Coordinator, Middlesex Community College
Michelle HallProject Director, CAMI, BOR/CSCU
Joe HauptEngineering Manager, EPG, Alinabal Inc.
Daniel Higgins Jr. Production Manager, Fuel Cell America, Inc.
Paul HoffmanPresident, Orange Research
John KornegayRetired Aviation/Manufacturing Professional
Keri LaMontagneRegional Apprenticeship Representative,
CT Dept. of Environmental Protection
Steve LaPointeAdvanced Manufacturing Center Coordinator,
Quinebaug Valley Community College
Kenneth LiskPresident, Lacey Manufacturing Company
Louis ManzioneDean, College of Engineering, Technology & Architecture
Nancy MartinHR Rep., Sr./Electric Boat Corp.
Paul MartlandDean of Administrative Services/Quinebaug Valley Community College
Taryn MazejkaHR Manager, Aerospace
Steven MinklerDean of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer
John MurphyEducation Consultant for Manufacturing Technologies;
Automated & Precision Machining, Welding & Metal Fabrication, Mechanical Design & Engineering Technology, Mechatronics, Sustainable Architecture, CT Technical High School System
Jeff PaulPresident, Whitcraft
Tom PhillipsExecutive Director, Capital Workforce Partners
Michael PoloCEO/Founder, Ad Chem Manufacturing Technologies Inc.
Elizabeth RoopAcademic Dean, Housatonic Community College
Catherine SeaverInterim Assoc. Dean of Student Affairs, Manchester Community College
Catherine SmithCommissioner, CT Dept. of Economic & Community Development
Pat Van TasselSchaefflerTraining Specialist/Facilitator
Jim TroupProvost & Sr. Dean of Administration, Naugatuck Valley Community College
Robert VaidaRepresentative, Asnuntuck Community College
Marjorie ValentinDirector of Continuing Education, Three Rivers Community College
Kelli VallieresCEO, Sound Manufacturing

Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (CAMI)

Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) were awarded a $15M, multi-year US Department of Labor (USDOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) grant in September 2014. The proposal, referred to as the Connecticut Advanced Manufactur-ing Initiative (CAMI), was among thousands of proposals competing for federal dollars in the fourth and final round of TAACCCT.


October 2015
Middlesex Community College is on the map for Manufacturing Month as they prepare for events in the months of October and move to their new location at their local technical high school.
October 2015 Newsletter (pdf)

August 2015
Three Rivers Community College will launch their new Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication certificate program in October 2015, which combines both non-credit and credit coursework. The program will begin with a non-credit pre-manufacturing program, which will include four weeks of coursework.
August 2015 Newsletter (pdf)

June 2015
The CAMI grant, and preexisting bond funding, will give CSCU a rare and exciting opportunity to improve their advanced manufacturing facilities, which will include the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, renovation, and bricks and mortar construction. With design complete on most of the planned projects, we are excited to announce that ground breaking is slated to begin this fall at many CAMI Consortium community colleges.
June 2015 Newsletter (pdf)