Press release from the Office of Connecticut State Senator James Maroney:
September 28, 2020
State Senator James Maroney (D-Milford) is working to better educate Connecticut’s workforce to meet the state’s manufacturing needs. On Friday, September 25, Senator Maroney and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz met with Brian Bannon, owner and founder of ThermaXX Jackets; Jamie Scott, Executive Director of Manufacture CT; David Tuttle, Director of the Platt Manufacturing Program; and State Rep. Dorinda Borer to discuss ways to improve the school-to-work pipeline, the manufacturing job opportunities currently available, the ways companies have stepped up to help during the coronavirus pandemic, and workforce development.
“One of the powers of state government is the ability to convene meetings, and bring people together to have important discussions,” said Sen. Maroney. “I thank Brian Bannon and Thermaxx for hosting this valuable meeting. When there is a problem, the only way to move forward is to come up with a solution and it starts with a discussion. Schools must have standards that are designed to provide readiness for whatever path a student chooses. We had representatives from the industry, the states Workforce Development Unit, education, manufacture CT, and legislators coming together to discuss how we can continue to move Connecticut forward.”
“Connecticut has a long tradition of being a leader in the aerospace and high-tech manufacturing industries. While Connecticut has a first-rate workforce, it’s critical that we prepare for an influx of advanced manufacturing and aerospace jobs. That’s why it’s critical that we continue to encourage our educational institutions — our colleges and technical schools — to partner with employers to nurture our school-to-workforce pipeline to meet the growing needs of the industry. This will help ensure that our students graduate career-ready and choose to pursue their careers here, buy their homes here, and raise their families here,” said Lt. Governor Bysiewicz.
Senator Maroney and all the panelists want to ensure that Connecticut’s students have the skills they need to succeed in today’s economy and that our state’s businesses have the skilled workforce they need to compete in a global economy.
This press release was produced by the Office of Connecticut State Senator James Maroney. The views expressed here are the author’s own.