Sound and Career students mark CT Manufacturing Month with tour of Radiall

October 23, 2012
Abbe Smith
NHPS Director of Communications
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Student tour is part of Connecticut Dream It. Do It., an initiative that aims to prepare students to enter the manufacturing workforce of the future
In recognition of October being Connecticut Manufacturing Month, students from technical classes at Sound School and Hill Regional Career High School toured Radiall corporation, a global manufacturer of high-frequency connection devices located in the city’s industrial Mill River district.
The event also highlighted the Connecticut Dream It. Do It. campaign, a statewide initiative to promote manufacturing, educate Connecticut residents about the rewarding career pathways in manufacturing, and help our state's manufacturers recruit the skilled workers they need to succeed in a global market. The initiative also aims to get students interested in manufacturing and equip them with the skills and education they need to enter the manufacturing workforce.
On hand for the event were Economic Development Administrator Kelly Murphy and Carlos Eyzaguirre of the Economic Development Corporation, Radiall Chief Operating Officer Bill Neale, Maribel Morgan of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and Steve Pynn, principal of New Haven’s future Gateway Technical Institute. Speakers discussed the critical role manufacturing plays in the local and state economy and the importance of preparing students for the manufacturing jobs of the future. The New Haven Public Schools is working to expand technical learning opportunities for students. Pynn is overseeing development of a technical high school program in partnership with Gateway Community College. The new program, Gateway Technical Institute, is slated to begin next year and will be located in the former Gateway building on Sargent Drive.
“The world has changed due to advances in technology. It is estimated that 80% of the jobs over the next ten years will require technical skills,” said Pynn. “There are thousands of jobs in manufacturing alone that are not being filled because of a lack of skilled workers. We want to take advantage of this opportunity by creating programs like Gateway Technical Institute to cultivate these technical skills in our young people.”
“At Radiall, we have jobs that require highly skilled workers to undertake complex tasks. I want to make sure that young people today are getting the kind of education they need to enter the cutting-edge world of manufacturing careers,” Neale said. “The New Haven Manufacturers Association is committed making sure this industry has the workers it needs to continue to thrive in the future.”
Neale, who also serves as president of the New Haven Manufacturers Association, led students and city officials on a tour of the manufacturing facility, showing the highly technical equipment and systems in place. Radiall manufactures antennas, switches and connectors for industrial, aerospace, defense and medical purposes. Most commercial airliners today have pieces that were manufactured by Radiall.
Organizations like Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and the New Haven Manufacturers Association are working together to improve workforce development opportunities for manufacturers and to build a foundation for a strong manufacturing workforce in the future.
Launched in December 2010, Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. is modeled after the Manufacturing Institute's  national Dream It. Do It. effort to create a positive awareness of the rewarding careers in manufacturing today. Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. is administered by CCAT in East Hartford, Conn. The initiative builds on the collaboration of the state's many industry associations, companies, educational institutions, and workforce and economic development organizations that advocate for manufacturing.