On August 15, 2014, Rowley Spring held a press conference to launch the AEDAC (Adult Education Diploma and Certificate) program. The conference was held at 9am in Rowley’s learning center.
The conference was held to discuss the pilot program that Rowley Spring and Stamping (RSS) is working on in junction with AEDAC and Bristol Adult Education Center (BAEC) to provide participants to get their GED and train them for a career in manufacturing. The collaboration between BAEC and RSS allows for a unique learning experience to receive hand-on training on Rowley’s manufacturing floor while receiving classroom knowledge simultaneously. This unique setup is to inspire people in the community that have may not be able to afford to go back to college and currently looking for new career opportunities. The program is made up of three main components: GED Prep, manufacturing competencies lecture, and hands on training at Rowley Spring and Stamping.
The program estimated costs were around $85,000, which has been funded entirely through private donors.
“We are thrilled to have support from many community and business partners to implement this important program,” said Lawrence Covino, Director of BAEC.
Representatives from the Dollar General Foundation, the Central CT Chambers of Commerce, the Main Street Community Foundation and the New England Spring and Metal stamping Association were also present during the conference.
The Bristol Board of Education, the Central CT Chambers of Commerce, the Main Street Community Foundation and NESMA are the key partners that have collaborated to promote and support the AEDAC program as well as establish the Bristol Technical Advisory Board. Wal-Mart and the Farmington Bank Community Foundation are also supporters.
“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of ‘Serving Others’ throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General chairman and CEO.
Senator Blumenthal gave a very inspiring speech talking about how Manufacturing has been part of Bristol’s history for a very long time. When off-shoring of manufacturing became prominent, Bristol’s economy took a strong hit, but now with the resurgence of manufacturing turning back to American soil, Bristol is once again seeing the surge in demand for employment in the manufacturing sector. Senator Blumenthal stated, “Now, we are seeing a resurgence of manufacturing but there are a lot of folks that need the skills training. People with the right skills will find jobs, and those that lack skills will be unemployed longer than ever. The difference between this recession and recovery and most is its fragility and an unprecedented number of long-term unemployed people. That’s why this partnership is important; it gives folks the chance to better themselves, enter the workforce and help with the resurgence of manufacturing.”
The program is a risk for both the Adult Board of Ed and Rowley Spring but if the program is success then it will be a risk that was well worth the effort. It will help out the people looking for jobs that lack the skills needed for manufacturing as well as help manufacturing stay on American soil and continue to reach the demand of the market.
“This is an outstanding program; it’s great for the manufacturing industry and the community as a whole. It will allow us to have the workforce we need to continue to grow businesses.” said Cockayne.
For more information, visit http://www.bristol.k12.ct.us and click on Departments to reach Adult Education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy.
Any adult interested in applying for the AEDAC program contact the BEAC at (860) 584-7865.