Advanced Manufacturing in Eastern CTFrom the Quiet Corner to the Shoreline, your future in advanced manufacturing starts at QVCC & TRCC
Watch the Video What is Advanced Manufacturing?

Advanced Manufacturing Is...
A pathway to a high-tech career!

Did you know that career opportunities in manufacturing can pay 25% to 50% higher than non-manufacturing jobs?(source) New technologies in manufacturing careers include 3-D printing, robotics, biomanufacturing, nanomanufacturing and more!

A career in manufacturing does not entail working in a dirty, dangerous place that requires no skills. Industry is in need of trained, skilled workers!

In Connecticut, manufacturing accounts for almost $25 billion in total manufacturing output. Did you know that industries across Connecticut range from jet aircraft engines and helicopters to hydrogen fuel cells to signal processing and navigational tools to power systems, medical devices, and biotechnology.


Biotechnology, Metal Fabrication

Fuel Cells

Medical Devices

Ship Building

Sports Equipment

Gymnastic Equipment

Toys and More

The Programs

Quinebaug Valley Community College

Quinebaug Valley Community College

Advanced Manufacturing Certificate

9 month program - Starts in September and ends with graduation in May. Includes classroom and hands on training starting at 3p.m., allowing for minimal time away from work for those who are currently employed! This program is eligible for financial aid for student who qualify!

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Three Rivers Community College

Three Rivers Community College

Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication Certificate

A one-of-a-kind 30 credit training program designed to fit the needs of sheet metal manufacturers in eastern CT. Students may also earn an Advanced Certificate (consisting of an additional 12 credits) in either Advanced Fabrication or Advanced Welding. Renovation of existing manufacturing labs with an investment of $240,000 in new equipment to support the program

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Manufacturing Statistics


of the 2015 QVCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology Certificate recipients gained employment


almost 5,000 manufacturing companies in Connecticut


there were 22,000 job openings for manufacturers in Connecticut in 2011


In 2012, manufacturers contributed $2.03 trillion to the US economy

Million Jobs

Manufacturing supports an estimated 17.4 million jobs in the US


By 2018, 42% of jobs in manufacturing will require some postsecondary education or a degree

For Businesses

Are you interested in providing a student from QVCC or TRCC with an internship at your business or hiring one of our graduates?


Quinebaug Valley Community College

Steve LaPointe
QVCC Director, Manufacturing Technology Center

Three Rivers Community College

Jodi Calvert
TRCC Director of Learning Initiatives

Customized Training

A state-of-the-Art Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center will open in the fall of 2016 at the QVCC Danielson campus

Customized training for businesses is available on-site or at either college location.

A state-of-the-Art Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center will open in the fall of 2016 at the QVCC Danielson campus.

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Additional Statistics

The 2015 ManpowerGroup annual Talent Shortage Survey reveals that 32% or 1 in 3 of "U.S. employers report difficulties filling job vacancies due to talent shortages," down 8% from 40% in 2014

Among U.S. employers, 48% acknowledge that talent shortages have a medium to high impact on their business, but few are putting talent strategies in place to address the problem... despite the negative impact on their business."