Nationwide, thousands of rewarding manufacturing positions are waiting for visionaries who will shape the world we live in. Are you one of them?

Today, most people understand that modern manufacturing bears no resemblance to what their parents or grandparents might remember. Work environments are clean, organized and focused on rapidly developing technology. 

But despite these advancements, manufacturing is facing a serious lack of well-trained employees. As existing workers age out of the workforce, there are not enough candidates to take their places, leaving a shortage that jeopardizes businesses. 

To fill this gap, the skills most in demand are critical thinking, creative problem solving and technical expertise. Thankfully, employers, government officials and educators are working to create partnerships that identify talent and provide pathways to employment. At Goodwin University, we’re leading the way, designing programs that teach students the exact skills they need to be successful … and making them available in ways that make sense for busy lives!

Students: Great Makers Start Here

Connecticut has long been known for innovation, from aircraft engines and submarines to buttons and baked goods. Whether you focus on CNC machining, manufacturing management, mechatronics or welding, this is a perfect time to put your creativity to work — and to establish a career with unlimited possibilities. Goodwin’s Business and Manufacturing Center houses cutting-edge machinery that gives you the most immersive educational experience possible so you can master your craft before entering the field. With six class starts a year and program scholarship opportunities for manufacturing students, it’s time to discover your potential as one of Connecticut’s makers.

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Employers: An Investment in Training

Manufacturers around the state are also invested in training for their current workers to gain the skills they need to keep up with industry changes. Our manufacturing training programs help state manufacturers strengthen their competitive edge and increase their company’s productivity and quality of work. Goodwin can train incumbent workers in a variety of disciplines including quality control, technical skills, business management and lean manufacturing. Sessions are delivered in short durations, reducing the time employees are away from their positions. We offer training in our East Hartford facility or, if you prefer, we can come to your facility with our Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Lab. Our self-powered, climate-controlled, Wi-Fi-enabled lab offers educational programs from Goodwin University at manufacturing facilities throughout the state, in the convenience of a mobile classroom.

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Goodwin Responds

When COVID-19 hit Connecticut, Goodwin University manufacturing swung into action. At first, the projects were fairly basic, like making protective masks on a traditional sewing machine. Within a few days, though, soft mask patterns were being cut in large quantities using Gerber technology; 3D printers worked overtime to produce hard-style masks and shields; and a new supply-chain partnership was established with a local hospital to access higher grade N99 fabric for filtration. While technology made these projects possible, it was the ingenuity and problem-solving skills of students and faculty that made it all happen. 

We’ve always known that makers build the future — now we know that makers save lives. Are you ready to be a maker?

“It was the only program that provided an unbelievable timeline. Nowhere else could I earn a certificate in only six months and come out with

a career.”

— Kiley Russell, CNC Graduate

“We’re not a manufacturer,

we’re a school. We teach students how to make things, but when called upon, we take what we have, with the knowledge we have, driven by the technology available to us, and make amazing things happen. Out of great need comes great ideas.”

—  Dr. Cliff Thermer, Dean, Goodwin University School of Business, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing