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U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro Visits NVCC and Tours AMTC

Congresswoman DeLauro shakes hands with Raven Gilliams, a manufacturing student in NVCC's AMTC.

Waterbury, Conn. - In her continued support of the College, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro visited with NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., and GEAR UP staff and toured the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center staff on Wed., Jan. 30.

The Congresswoman talked about her concern for jobs, financial aid and graduation rates and praised President De Filippis’ leadership, which has brought significant achievements in these areas.

“What you’re doing here is the perfect mix,” she said of the College’s bourgeoning partnerships, particularly in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center and GEAR UP programs.

In both cases, the College has benefited from public and private sector collaboration. Local manufacturers helped develop curriculum and provided on-the-job experiences for AMTC students. Now having the Smaller Manufacturer's Association office on campus is expected to connect manufacturing students to jobs. The GEAR UP partnership with the City of Waterbury provides mentoring and tutoring to approximately 2,000 students in the City's three middle schools. The program is seeking expansion to K-8 schools.

During her tour of the AMTC, Congresswoman DeLauro talked with manufacturing students Raven Gilliams and Edgardo Ortiz about their studies and met with AMTC staff about the important work they are doing for the manufacturing community.

L to R: Charlie Thibault, manufacturing instructor; Dave Celotto, coordinator, GEAR UP; Peter Angelastro, director, STEM; Donna Marotti-Delieto, professor of business; Joe Defeo, coordinator, AMTC; Congresswoman DeLauro; Jim Troup, provost and senior dean of administration; President De Filippis; Chuck Buchanan and Anthony DiFederico, manufacturing instructors

"Connecticut, particularly the Naugatuck Valley, has a long and rich manufacturing tradition and I am excited about the new manufacturing program at NVCC,” said DeLauro. “The college's partnerships with local manufacturers will ensure students receive not just a first-rate skill set, but also the preparation they need to obtain good-paying jobs in a competitive economy.  It is this kind of partnership, between the education and business communities, that will reduce underemployment and unemployment, especially for our young people, and enable businesses to succeed and grow strengthening both our local and national economy."

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