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Reps. Klarides, Klarides-Ditria Applaud Passage of Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Program Legislation

Posted on May 31, 2019 by jencusato


Reps. Klarides, Klarides-Ditria Applaud Passage of Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Program Legislation

HARTFORD – State Representative Themis Klarides and Nicole Klarides-Ditria praised the passage of legislation that will seek to expand an advanced manufacturing program started at Derby High School.

“We are proud to usher in this legislation that will empower and promote manufacturing here in Connecticut,” said House Republican Leader Klarides “It is an exceptional moment to be able to not only highlight, but utilize the success of Derby’s own Advanced Manufacturing Program of Derby High School as a blueprint for access to manufacturing education, future employment opportunities and provide an alternative path to success for the workforce of Connecticut.”

“We are proud to see that the Advanced Manufacturing Program started at Derby High School is being used as the model that will hopefully expand throughout the state,” added Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “Getting students interested in advanced manufacturing in High School will lead to more students going into a field that desperately needs more workers.”

In May, Derby High School cut the ribbon on their new advanced manufacturing center that students in the fall will utilize to earn a certificate in manufacturing and college-level credits towards an associate degree in mechanical or machine technology. The first of its kind program in the state is in partnership with Housatonic Community College.

Under the bill, House Bill 5833, the Board of Regents for Higher Education will establish a pilot program for the expansion of advanced manufacturing certificate programs to public high schools in the state. The board will be tasked with the following:

– Creating a form and manner in which local or regional boards of
education may apply to the board to participate in the pilot program.

– Establish the criteria to be used by the board in selecting a public high school to participate in the pilot program

The bill now awaits action in the Senate. For more information about the legislation visit