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University of Hartford’s Partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology

by Lynn Baronas

Elliot Ginsberg, President of the CCAT, spoke with faculty, staff, and students following his April 12 presentation on the partnership between CETA and CCAT.

University of Hartford and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) are partnering to advance the global competitiveness of Connecticut companies through shared resources and expertise. University and CCAT officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding, agreeing to work together to leverage their resources to provide Connecticut companies with research and development assistance, support the expansion of the advanced manufacturing sector, and educate a world-class advanced technology workforce. Under the agreement, CCAT and various University schools and colleges—including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Barney School of Business, and the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions—are developing joint initiatives that provide hands-on experience to students while supporting technological innovation and workforce education and development in the state.

CCAT and the University have a long history of working together developing programs, obtaining grant funding, sharing equipment and facilities, and ensuring that students have interesting research projects as well as hands-on learning opportunities through internships and experiential education. CCAT is a key industry affiliate in the Center for Manufacturing and Metrology and continues to work closely with faculty to offer specialized certificate programs, such as the Titanium Machining Certificate Program.

CCAT president and CEO Elliot Ginsberg says, “We are pleased to partner with the University of Hartford under this agreement. CCAT strives to help manufacturing businesses, technology startups, and non-profit organizations innovate and become more competitive in applied technology development, information technology, energy solutions, STEM education and workforce development. We strongly believe that collaboration with academia, industry, and government organizations is critical to the success of our efforts. The University’s wide range of resources located within their diversified schools of engineering, business, education, and arts and sciences complement CCAT’s areas of expertise. The opportunities for collaboration are vast. We’re excited about our partnership and the potential to together develop new, impactful programs.”

According to CETA Dean Louis Manzione, the University is “pleased to begin this new and expanded partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology. CCAT is making a tremendous difference in the state in areas such as STEM education, advanced manufacturing, and incumbent worker training. Students and faculty across multiple colleges can and will benefit from the partnership with this important state resource.”