Women in Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative

Modern Manufacturing is About Higher Pay, Great Benefits and Career Growth Opportunities!

Free Manufacturing Training and Career Placement
8-week program beginning in September

The Women in Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative is designed to give women residing in the Greater Hartford area the skills and opportunity to enter into the workforce as an entry-level machine operator. It accomplishes this in two ways:

  1. By exposing participants to a wide variety of foundational manufacturing instruction, including courses in measurement tools, print reading, shop math, and manual machining.
  2. By providing access to all of the college’s career services, and creating networking and employment opportunities with local companies.

The manufacturing industry in general has a very low percentage of women in the workforce. With the exception of the previous, pandemic-affected year, the industry has experienced significant growth in Connecticut and the need for new faces has never been stronger. This is the perfect time for new students to get into the field and start a career in manufacturing.

You can read more about Connecticut’s STEM and manufacturing careers.

Ready to start?

  • Step 1– Attend a virtual Manufacturing Careers info session
    • Contact O’Shaya Johnson, Program Coordinator; info below.
  • Step 2– Apply to the Women in Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative Program
  • Step 3– Take assessments to determine if you are eligible
  • Step 4– Enroll in training once you are accepted
  • Step 5– Meet with employers and find your new career

YW Career Women Program for Qualifying Students

YW Career Women is a program led by YWCA Hartford Region that provides support, information, and advocacy for women with children. This program aims to support students as they balance family and education in the pursuit of their career goals and financial security.

YW Career Women provides:

  • Consistent support throughout the academic program
  • One-on-one coaching sessions to break down barriers to achieving career goals,
  • Academic and career coaching, and
  • Connections to resources such as childcare and financial planning.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Do you identify as female, age 18 or older?
  • Do you have a high school diploma or GED?
  • Are unemployed or under-employed?
  • Are you interested in building a career pathway in a strong industry?
  • Are you ready to work full-time?
  • Are you interested in receiving support during training and placement?


O’Shaya Johnson, Program Coordinator
YW Career Women’s Program

Program Partners

Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc.
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YWCA Hartford Region