HCC creating national manufacturing hall of fame

Housatonic Community College is creating a national manufacturing hall of fame, the first of its kind to be created by a two-year college.

The American Manufacturing Hall of Fame is being established to call attention to the resurgence of manufacturing in the nation and the positive impact it can have on communities.

Operating under the wing of the Housatonic Community College Foundation, the college’s fund-raising arm, the hall will generate revenue to support the college’s new Advanced Manufacturing Program and provide scholarships to students.

The hall will be the subject of a kick-off event on Tuesday, July 15 at 9 a.m. Actor and manufacturing advocate John Ratzenberger is serving as inaugural chair.

Each year, companies from across the state and the nation that have had an impact on the field of manufacturing will be inducted into the hall. Eventually, a museum with rotating manufacturing exhibits that will also house the hall will be created in Bridgeport.

The July 15 event will be two-fold. It will provide the media with an introduction to the hall, an update on manufacturing in the state, a snapshot of the most pressing concerns to advanced manufacturing in Connecticut and a brief discussion on cutting edge technology that is changing the face of manufacturing.

A parallel program will provide students in sixth through eighth grades with an overview of the field of manufacturing and a chance to meet with Ratzenberger.

For more information, contact Danny Wisneski at [email protected] or 203-209 3172.

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