Who We Are
To design, create and strengthen partnerships between the educational community and private industry as well as promote the necessary training required to address the need for more highly skilled workers in the current manufacturing environment.
Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturng (RCNGM)
The Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, A National Science Foundation Center of Excellence, provides great resources for both students and educators interested in exploring opportunities in today's technology companies. Funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by the Connecticut College of Technology, the Center offers:
- Industry-driven courses in next generation manufacturing
- Online courses that include diverse methods of teaching
- Career marketing materials that support the recruitment and retention of students in manufacturing centers
- Courses that bridge two-year engineering technology programs with traditional four-year engineering programs
- Longitudinal studies that identify promising practices and assess students' performance in the workplace and employer satisfaction with graduates
- Teacher externships in cutting-edge, next generation manufacturing companies
COT provides career pathways for students to earn certificates, Associates and Bachelors degrees in Engineering and Technology disciplines. COT reduces barriers to education by providing a seamless articulation between the community colleges and the four-year partner universities. In addition, the COT uniquely integrates all of the aforementioned college and universities systems through offering multiple points of entry for completion of degrees.
Student Recruitment & Persistence
Design and implement engaging activities to improve student experiences and increase student recruitment, and persistence, with special emphasis on women and historically underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.
Pathways & Articulation
Strengthen and expand education to career pathways, articulations between two-yaer colleges, from secondary schools, and to four-year institutions, and instructional collaboration between strategic partners.
Improve the knowledge base of two-year and secondary institution faculty and teachers in emerging science, engineering, and technologies and provide opportunities for development of relevant skills sets.
Using competencies identified by educators and industry representatives, develop and implement responsive curriculum pathways verified by industry and higher education to meet advanced manufacturing workforce needs and increase regional student accessibility.
Disseminate proven practices to and support New England regional partner institutions in marketing, articulation, and industry-educaiton collaboration efforts, in advanced manufacturing areas.
The Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing resulted from the success of the Connecticut College of Technology (CCOT), a virtual college program connecting engineering and technical training among Connecticut's 12 community colleges. The RCNGM created a seamless pathway for students transitioning from a two-year program/college to a four-year program at partnering colleges and universities including Central Connecticut State University, the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut, Fairfield University, University of New Haven and Charter Oak College
The RCNGM developed articulation agreements with the state's technical high schools, to seamlessly allow students in Connecticut's technical high schools to transition to any one of Connecticut's community colleges.
The RCNGM has also collaborated with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) in developing marketing campaigns, curriculum and professional development opportunities for faculty through a National Science Foundation ATE project grant. This collaboration supports the pipeline from the technical high schools to the community colleges carrying on the mission of helping to better prepare the next generation manufacturing workforce to fit the demands of business and industry.
Funding for the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing is provided by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technology Education Program. For more information on other programs and grants provided through the National Science Foundation, please visit the ATE Centers website to learn more.