SDE: Manufacturing Committee Connecticut State Department of Education SDE: Manufacturing Committee

Manufacturing Committee

Public Act No. 16-114: An Act Encouraging Middle School and High School Students to Consider Careers in Manufacturing and Concerning Information Posted on the Labor Departmentís Apprenticeship Website, established the Manufacturing Committee to coordinate the education of middle and high school students about careers in manufacturing. The law requires the committee to compile a catalog of programs at public and independent institutions of higher education in the state that offer training in the field of manufacturing, to report on matters relating to commerce and higher education and workforce development an analysis of whether current programs available to Connecticut students are meeting workforce needs and to develop and administer a program to introduce middle school and high school students, their parents or guardians and guidance counselors to careers in manufacturing. Additionally, the law requires the Department of Education, in consultation with representatives from the manufacturing industry and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, to develop a best practices guide to help local and regional boards of education to incorporate relationships with manufacturing in their middle school and high school curricula.

Read the full Manufacturing Committee governing statute.

Manufacturing Catalog of Programs at Public and Independent Institutions

Connecticut Manufacturing Committee Program Report 2017

(all documents are pdf)
Meeting Agendas
Meeting Minutes

Manufacturing Committee Members


  • Dr. James P. Lombella, President, Asnuntuck Community College
  • Dr. Melissa K. Wlodarczyk Hickey, Director of Literacy/Reading, State Department of Education

Committee Members:

  • Tracy A. Ariel, Director, Advanced Manufacturing & CT ECO programs Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
  • Connecticut Department of Labor Designee - Todd G. Berch, Program Manager, CT Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Training
  • Andrea Comer, Vice President Workforce Strategies, CBIA Education & Workforce Partnership 
  • John Dague, K-12 STEAM Science and Technical Education Supervisor, Enfield Public Schools
  • Chris DiPentima, President, Pegasus Manufacturing and Chair of ACM
  • Rich Dupont, Executive Director of HCC Foundation/Director Manufacturing Technology
  • Emma Durao, Guidance Counselor, East Granby Public Schools
  • Chris Foster, Instructor in Manufacturing Technology Department, Asnuntuck Community College
  • Frank Gulluni, Director of AMTC, Asnuntuck Community College
  • Howard M. Jenkins, Jr., Manager of Engineering Programs, Electric Boat 
  • Dr. Christine Mahoney, Superintendent of Schools, East Granby Public Schools
  • Dr. Louis Manzione, Dean of College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture at University of Hartford
  • Connecticut Employment and Training Commissions (CETC) Designee - Kathy Marioni, Executive Director, CT Department of Labor, Office of Workforce Competitiveness
  • Rob Michalik, Department of Economic & Community Development, Director of Legislative Affairs
  • John Murphy, Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) Manufacturing Consultant, Education Consultant for Manufacturing Technologies
  • Paul Murphy, President, Mallory Industries
  • Susan Palisano, Director, Education & Workforce Development, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology
  • Gillian Rondinone, Middle School Technical Education Teacher, East Hartford Public Schools
  • Jamison Scott, Executive Vice President for Air Handling Systems 
  • Dr. Clifford E. Thermer, Assistant Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Goodwin College  
  • Pam Tonello, Capital Workforce Partners
  • Dr. Kelli-Marie Vallieres, President/CEO, Sound Manufacturing, Inc. President Eastern Advanced Manufacturing
  • Margaret G. Van Cott, Executive Assistant to the President, Asnuntuck Community College
  • Cyndi Zoldi, Executive Director at Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut, Inc.


Best Practices Workgroup

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes

Program Workgroup

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes


Melissa K. Wlodarczyk Hickey, Ed.D.
Director of Literacy/Reading
Connecticut State Department of Education


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