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November 12, 2020

Goodwin receives $100K BofA grant for manufacturing employee upskilling program

Photo | Contributed A teacher instructs a student in a manufacturing class at Goodwin University.

Goodwin University in East Hartford received a $100,000 grant from Bank of America, which will support a program to upskill current manufacturing employees.

Goodwin had previously partnered with Connecticut State Colleges and Universities and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies to form the Connecticut Manufacturing Workforce Development Initiative (CMWDI). Training programs put on by CMWDI are designed to meet manufacturing employer demands and increase employment opportunities.

Bank of America's $100,000 grant will go toward CMWDI's "Closing the Skill Gap" program, which trains current manufacturing employees on new skills and technology that are gaining increasing importance. Before the grant, employees had to pay a $200 fee to receive the training, but with Bank of America's contribution, that fee has been removed.

"Investing in educational programs amid the health crisis is imperative to rebuilding a robust economy and helping to advance economic opportunity in Greater Hartford," said Joe Gianni, Bank of America market president for Hartford. 

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