CCAT Recognizes National Aerospace Week

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) in East Hartford is joining with the Aerospace States Association (ASA) to honor Connecticut's aerospace companies during the first annual National Aerospace Week, Sept. 11-17.  Congress established this week to recognize the contributions of the U.S. aerospace industry to America's security, technological security and economy.

"Connecticut is a place where the aerospace and defense industry has thrived for many decades, and today we need these jobs and this technology more than ever," Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said.  "That is why Gov. Malloy and I will do everything we can to help this industry and its highly-skilled workforce remain a foundation of our economy for generations to come."

Connecticut's aerospace industry is among the most productive in the world and has long been the backbone of the state's manufacturing sector. Close to $6.7 billion of Connecticut's 2010 gross state product originates from aerospace, equaling about 5 percent of the state's total productivity, according to the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC). Connecticut has nearly 250 aerospace companies with nearly 40,000 employees statewide.  Nationally, the industry employs more than 800,000 workers.

"The contributions made by the aerospace industry and their dedicated employees to preserve our country's security have been significant, and as such, worthy of this special Congressional recognition.  At CCAT we are continually committed to serving Connecticut aerospace manufacturers through initiatives that help to strengthen our aerospace industrial base and workforce," Elliot Ginsberg, CCAT president & CEO.

Together with the Town of East Hartford, CCAT is currently developing a plan for advancing aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturing and workforce growth in the Connecticut and Western Massachusetts region under a U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) grant.  The grant supports development of a model for delivering personalized employment transition support to dislocated aerospace and defense workers, filling a void in career support service systems.

"The vital work being conducted by CCAT is critical to not only our town but also to the region and the nation," said East Hartford Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc. "East Hartford, long the home of jet engine manufacturing and advanced technology, must do everything we can to ensure that the A&D manufacturers and their highly-skilled workforce remain here and thrive."

In addition to working with the manufacturing community and promoting workforce development, CCAT is also supporting the skilled aerospace pipeline through its K-12 education initiatives. CCAT's "CATALYST: Explorations in Aerospace and Innovation" program, funded through a grant from NASA, includes an instructional day curriculum and an after-school component. It is designed to teach essential STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) concepts and skills in an aerospace context, with a focus on developing career awareness among traditionally under-represented students.

Middle schools in East Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Vernon, and the new Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science (GHAMAS) Academy of Aerospace & Engineering magnet school are all participating in CATALYST Aerospace.

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