Congressman Courtney Speaks With A Local Veteran and Graduate of the Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline
This post is part of the Constituent Corner series sharing stories of successful casework outcomes for residents of the Second Congressional District
CONSTITUENT CORNER: Justin Stanley, a marine veteran from Brooklyn, CT represents a shining success for Eastern Connecticut’s manufacturing pipeline. After 4 years of serving his country overseas in Asia, Justin found employment in a variety of jobs here in the states but wanted to find a stable career to support him and his family. Through his local veteran’s representatives, Justin heard about the advanced manufacturing program at Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) and it was there that he discovered what would become his life’s work.
At QVCC Justin studied manufacturing technologies, graduating after only three semesters and garnering himself an internship at Micro-Precision. Following his internship, he was offered a full-time position as a machinist, where he spent the next 5 years mastering his craft. Now, Justin has returned to QVCC, this time as an educator to show others the path to creating a career in advance manufacturing.
Justin’s story is like many other graduates of the manufacturing pipeline program administered by the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board. I helped to create the manufacturing pipeline in 2015 by working with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to secure a $6 million dollar federal grant to get the program up and running.
Now, local community colleges help to train students in the skills needed to meet the growing demand of the submarine industry and other manufacturing initiatives in the region. It has been hailed as a model of success for other programs across the country in a wide variety of industries including insurance and health care as well as manufacturing and defense. I am proud to support the work that QVCC and other Eastern Connecticut’s community colleges are doing to provide a high-quality education to their students.