KRA Hartford AJC-CCAT Partnership Celebrates Most Recent Graduation

On May 1, 2019, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) posted a blog, announcing that six more students from the KRA Hartford AJC Knowledge 2 Career (K2C) Academy had graduated CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) program.

The article started with, “Six students apart of the Knowledge 2 Careers Academy Program completed 18-hour hands on training at CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center and graduated the program last week. The Knowledge 2 Careers Program was established by the KRA Corporation through Capital Workforce Partners in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. for Tooling U and on the job training.” Read the rest of the story here!

To date, 42 students have graduated the K2C Academy in partnership with CCAT/AMC. All trainees have completed a 72-hour course of classroom and hands-on training, which is in total compliance with the CT Department of Labor Pre-Apprenticeship Programs.

Prior to graduating, six trainees with no hands-on exposure to manufacturing machines participated in Tooling U-SME, an intensive 18-hour program. An acknowledged industry leader in online manufacturing training, course content—facilitated by John von Roemer, CCAT Manufacturing Applications Engineer—included two hands-on sessions using several different types of manufacturing equipment, including the Mazak Variaxis 630-5X-II-T milling machine.

Artie Owens, KRA Senior Director of Workforce Operations, concluded, “Fifteen of the 42 graduates are receiving, or have received, additional job-skills development through on-the-job training [OJT] programs created in partnership with local employers. We anticipate OJT arrangements for the others very soon, as the K2C/CCAT partnership has proven to be an effective solution for current and projected workforce needs of our North Central Connecticut manufacturing companies.”


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