-  Institute President Jennifer McNelly spoke to more than 130 middle and high school girls from schools at the Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit, hosted by Connecticut. Dream It. Do It.

The Summit tapped into today’s leading women in manufacturing to inspire the next generation of leadership and talent. McNelly was joined by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, CT Commissioner of DECD Catherine Smith, and CT Commissioner of Labor Sharon Palmer.

Students were introduced to manufacturing through team-based activities that replicated the manufacturing process from concept to design to fabrication to quality control. They saw 3-D printing in action, and learned about rapid advances in manufacturing technology and future career opportunities.

“Manufacturing is facing a skills gap, and part of that is the underrepresentation of women in the industry,” said Susan Palisano, CCAT’s director of Education & Workforce Development. “Sparking interest in future careers among girls is a priority to assure that the region’s manufacturers can attract, retain and advance women in skilled positions.”

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