Naugatuck Valley Community College located in Waterbury CT opened its new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center on August 31, 2012, the first day of the school year. Attending the ceremony was Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary and college President Daisy Cocco Defilippis along with members of the local industry advisory committee to which GreasyMachines.com belongs.
This curriculum is designed for traditional high school graduates who wish to become part of today’s manufacturing community. The program runs 40 hours per week for 50 weeks after which the student is certified for employment in many high tech positions including CNC machine programming and operation. Enrollment for the first year is 58 with eventual capacity for 75 students.
The facility in Waterbury replicates the lab at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield CT. In early 2012 the Connecticut state legislature authorized the establishment of 3 more Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers at Connecticut community colleges. The lab at NVCC is the only new center up and running for the 2012-2013 academic year.