Adult education department to announce new workforce development program

The BristolAdultEducationCenter and Rowley Spring will hold a press conference on Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. at The Bristol Adult Education Center, 210 Redstone Hill Rd., to launch AEDAC, a workforce development program.

Representatives from the Dollar General Foundation, the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, the Main Street Community Foundation and the New England Spring and Metalstamping Association also will be there to answer questions regarding their support of this innovative program. Walmart and the Farmington Bank Community Foundation are also supporting this program.

This pilot program has provided the foundation for the newly formed Bristol Technical Advisory Board. This board is comprised of business, education and community leaders to raise awareness regarding the technical-based career pathways available in the greater Bristol region. This board will develop sustainable training, education and job placement programs to meet local/regional business needs, prepare students for STEM related careers and advance the economic and social development of our region. The Bristol Board of Education, the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, the Main Street Community Foundation and NESMA are the key partners that have collaborated to promote and support the AEDAC program as well as establish the Bristol Technical Advisory Board.  

The BristolAdultEducationCenter will launch AEDAC (Adult Education Diploma and Certificate) program, a GED/Skills in Manufacturing Certificate Program open to adult learners at the BristolAdultEducationCenter. This program is a partnership between BAEC and Rowley Spring and Stamping that are located in the same building. This scenario creates a collaborative setting for academic and hands-on training to create a strong and successful program. AEDAC targets adult learners and opens the door for many adults who do not have the financial capability to go back to school.

Lawrence Covino supervisor of Adult Education stated in a press release, “We are thrilled to have support from many community and business partners to implement this important program. AEDAC will create positive results that meet the needs of our adult learners as well as our business community.”

AEDAC provides participants with the opportunity to get their high school diploma as well as train them to be qualified for entry level positions in the manufacturing industry. Any adult interested in applying for is urged to contact the BEAC at (860)584-7865.