Manufacturing Apprenticeship Center

Students in the TRCC MACThree Rivers Community College Manufacturing Apprenticeship Center

Three Rivers Community College offers many immersive paths to a career in manufacturing. Providing education and training for students ranging from high school to adults, Three Rivers programs range from five-week training courses to two-year degree programs. The latest development is the creation of the state-of-the-art Three Rivers Community College Manufacturing Apprenticeship Center (MAC), housed at the Ella T. Grasso Technical High School in Groton.

Bold and Innovative Approach

The 8,500 sq. ft. TRCC MAC is a bold and innovative approach to providing education for all aspects of manufacturing and apprenticeship training needs. The “flexible factory” simulates factory conditions using the actual machinery that students will encounter on the job. It has the capability to be re-configured based on the equipment needs of a course and can hold up to three different educational programs simultaneously.

Additionally, in an effort to be more responsive to industry needs, the scheduling of courses can be offered “on-demand” (instead of conforming to the traditional academic calendar). This educational model and space is the first of its kind in Connecticut (and the region).

Strong Partnership

Through a strong partnership with Grasso Tech and located within its newly opened state-of-the-art Technical High School, Three Rivers has the capability to have beginner and intermediate training for both adult and high school students. Courses are offered in nearly all trades including Machining, Welding, Electrical, Mechanical, Shipfitting, Pipefitting, Maintenance, Design Engineering, and any customizable program to fit an employer’s needs. Our 35 specialized instructors not only teach but have work experience as well.

95% Job Placement Rate

To date, Three Rivers graduates of these programs have a 95% job place rate. 80% of our students go to work at EB where their retention rate is 50% higher than with other EB employees. All this adds up to the Three Rivers difference in training employees who get the job done for our area manufacturers.

Learn more about how to apply into the manufacturing pipeline here. 

Read coverage of the TRCC MAC here.