CT MEP CONNSTEP and MassMEP Collaborate on Learn to Earn Initiative

(Hartford, CT, August 22, 2022) – CONNSTEP, the Connecticut Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center and MassMEP, celebrate the launch of the Learn to Earn Initiative in both states.

The two MEP centers are collaborating with New England Business Associates (NEBA), who received a Kessler Foundation Signature Employment Grant that will fund the project for two years. The initiative is intended to introduce, train, and place four cohorts of employment candidates with disabilities for entry-level manufacturing positions.

Six Connecticut students will apply classroom instruction during a field trip visit to Carey Manufacturing in Cromwell on August 25 and will receive their Learn to Earn diplomas on September 15 at MakerSpaceCT. Students will also receive certificates for Lean Training and basic manufacturing skills in metrology, shop math, blueprint reading, assembly, and will be OSHA 10 certified.

About CONNSTEP & MassMEP: Manufacturing consultancy firms CONNSTEP and MassMEP are members of the MEP National Network serving small-to-medium sized companies, implementing advanced business and technical solutions, and workforce strategies, that help organizations grow, improve profitability, and create sustainable competitive advantages.

Kessler Foundation Signature Employment Grants are awarded nationally to fund new pilot initiatives, demonstration projects, or social ventures that lead to a generation of new ideas to solve the high unemployment and underemployment of individuals with disabilities.

New England Business Associates empowers people with disabilities and other barriers who have been historically marginalized, to be fully included in their communities through employment.

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