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.
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.
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.
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