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Steve Cassano

Representing Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury & Manchester

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Cassano Helps Kick Off Veterans Manufacturing Job-Training at MCC

MANCHESTER—State Senator Stephen T. Cassano (D-Manchester) today joined state officials and military veterans at Manchester Community College to kick off a new state initiative aimed at getting unemployed and underemployed veterans enrolled in one of Connecticut’s Advanced Manufacturing programs at a local community college.

The 10-month program trains veterans or careers in aerospace, defense, biomedical technology and other manufacturing fields offering full-time jobs with higher than average starting salaries. CSCU’s advanced manufacturing program has 98 percent job placement upon completion, and often includes paid internships or apprenticeships.

“This program will open the door for veterans looking to start a new career or change careers,” Sen. Cassano said. “And it addresses a need we have been hearing from manufacturers for years: they want a trained work force that is ready to hit the shop floor running and take advantage of all the defense subcontracting work in Connecticut. Well, this program does that too.”

John Genna, who spent 13 years as an aircraft mechanic in the Marine Corps and who is now an instructor and program coordinator of the Precision Sheet Metal Manufacturing Certificate Program at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, encouraged Connecticut veterans to apply.

“To the vets—employers love you!” Genna said. “You can be relied on, you always get the job done on time, you have the demeanor—you are what employers are looking for. I highly encourage all veterans to apply for this program. It’s there. We earned it. Take advantage of it.”

“Connecticut veterans protected us. Let’s protect their futures. In less than a year, our veterans can not only have a job, but a start a career by completing one of our Advanced Manufacturing programs,” said Mark E. Ojakian, President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities. “In addition to a variety of financial assistance available to those who enroll, Connecticut state law provides tuition waivers for all honorably discharged veterans for any credit-bearing courses. Our hope is that as many veterans as possible take advantage of these opportunities.”

Weekly emails will be sent to all veterans who register. Once they respond, a dedicated customer service representative will guide them through the entire application process, including assistance with filling out financial aid and admissions forms. Customer service representatives will be also available seven days a week by telephone or live webchat.

Dedicated financial aid, scholarships, tuition reimbursement and training-related funding are readily available for veterans who apply. Connecticut state law also provides tuition waivers for honorably discharged veterans.

To be eligible, veterans must register at www.cthires.com. More information is available at www.ct.edu/makeithere and bit.ly/2asSpGz.

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