By: Cayla Bamberger

On the Internet on Oct. 21 and in print on Oct. 22 2021

Bernadine Venditto, president of Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County, said the organization’s event next Thursday will be a “terrific opportunity” to learn about manufacturing careers.

Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County / Contributed photo

BRIDGEPORT — An event next week will introduce high school students from across the region to careers in manufacturing.

The virtual program, which will take place Thursday, Oct. 28, invited high school students from Bassick, Harding, Central, Stratford, Derby and Ansonia.

“Our event will be a terrific opportunity to learn about the skills needed to begin a manufacturing career,” said Bernadine Venditto, president of Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County, which offers student programs focused on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship.

Venditto cited data that the average manufacturing worker in Connecticut earns an annual salary between $60,000 and $100,000.

On the agenda, high school graduates will share their experiences participating in manufacturing internships and apprenticeships in the area.

Representatives from The WorkPlace, a Bridgeport-based workforce development organization, and the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at Housatonic Community College, will also present training and education opportunities within the manufacturing sector.

“Manufacturing is clearly on the upswing in Connecticut,” said Joseph Carbone, the president and CEO of The WorkPlace, which provides training and programs that they say benefit both jobseekers and employers.

“New, good careers are opening up just about every day,” he said. “Employers need new people, and this program is a great step towards attracting young people to a career in manufacturing.”

For additional information, please contact Junior Achievement’s Jennifer Murphy-Pitcher at jmurphy-pitcher@jagfc.org .


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