Hartford Businesses, Colleges Form Synergetic Relationships

Kiley Russell’s story was all too familiar.

In her mid-20s, with some college experience and lots of student-loan debt, Russell spent time waitressing and bartending while she searched for a rewarding career she could sink her teeth into.

She went back to school last year, but rather than study anthropology or sociology like she had at Johnson and Wales and Coastal Carolina universities, she signed up for a two-semester manufacturing program at Goodwin College in East Hartford. The course of study included a pathway to employment with Cheshire precision aerospace components manufacturer EDAC Technologies, which provides input into the curriculum.

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