Manufacturing Your Future with ACI

Photo of a woman wearing a work vest and hardhat working machinery

Creating a Stronger Manufacturing Workforce

Manufacturing Your Future focuses on addressing the shortage of skilled workers in the manufacturing sector. The Apprenticeship Connecticut Initiative (ACI) develops workforce pipeline programs for training qualified, entry-level workers for job placement with manufacturers and employers experiencing sustained workforce shortages. 


Program Details

Training programs available include (but are not limited to):

  • Introduction to Manufacturing (7 weeks)
  • Introduction to Machinist (30 weeks)
  • Fundamentals of Manufacturing Technology
  • Engineering Drawing Specifications (8 weeks)
  • Manufacturing Process/Precision Machining (8 weeks)

This regional partnership is composed of:

  • Manufacturing Alliance Service Corporation
  • Northwestern CT Community College
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College
  • CT Technical High Schools
  • Torrington High School
  • Danbury High School
  • New Milford High School
  • Waterbury High School
  • Sixteen employers throughout the northwest workforce region (Waterbury, Torrington, Danbury and other 37 towns)
  • Several business associations and chambers of commerce. 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Students in the 11th or 12th grade, or
  • Adults 18+ not currently enrolled in 11th or 12th grade


How to Apply

Potential participants interested in learning more and/or applying for the program are encouraged to contact Steve Gray, Project Manager, at 203-574-6971 ext. 464 or via email [email protected].

Youth applicants can download an application here.

Adult applicants can download an application here.

Meet the Team


Steve Gray


ACI Project Manager

203-574-6971 ext. 464

Additional Resources

View a Success Story on Mark Laden, a participant who completed his Manufacturing education despite being deaf.

Visit MASC's website for more information on training offered