The Business, Management, and Advanced Manufacturing Department at Goodwin College has announced its inaugural Women of Manufacturing Summit for Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The event will be held at the College’s Business and Manufacturing Center, One Pent Road in East Hartford, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
The Summit will bring together individuals interested in encouraging women to consider career options in business and manufacturing. Business leaders, educators, and students will participate in discussions focused on dispelling myths about today’s manufacturing environments; the variety and volume of job opportunities; compensation issues; and shift options for women, particularly those balancing family responsibilities and continuing education. A photographic exhibit, courtesy of Jobs to Move America and sponsored by Andrews Benefits of Farmington, will feature women in all areas of modern manufacturing.
“Partnerships between businesses and educational organizations can help identify a successful employee fit prior to hiring and lead to entry-level positions,” said Melanie Hoben, Director of Workforce Development at Goodwin College. “We realized that, with our experienced faculty and our industry partners, we have a prime opportunity to host a Summit that encourages discussions among these stakeholders as well as women seeking pathways into the workforce.”
Goodwin currently offers business and manufacturing programs that range from certificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees. While there are some 13,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, women seldom see themselves pursuing those viable careers.
“Women are significantly underrepresented in the manufacturing industry, and we are committed to changing that dynamic,” Hoben adds. “Opportunities like this Summit will help harness an untapped talent pool, inform women of the opportunities for well-paid, rewarding work, and allow them to network with some of the region’s visionary business leaders.”
Goodwin College is a nonprofit institution of higher education and is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly known as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Goodwin College was founded in 1999, with the goal of serving a diverse student population with career-focused degree programs that lead to strong employment outcomes.