MANCHESTER, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – Connecticut veterans are being targeted in the push to boost enrollment in the advanced manufacturing technology programs offered at seven public community colleges around the state. Officials gathered at Manchester Community College on Tuesday to announce the initiative, which includes a partnership with the Connecticut Department of Labor.

The 10-month manufacturing program is offered at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, Quinebaug Community College in Danielson, Manchester Community College, Middlesex Community College in Middletown and Three Rivers Community College in Norwich. Officials say the program has a collective job-placement rate of 98 percent.

Dedicated financial aid, scholarships, tuition reimbursement and training-related funding are readily available for veterans who apply.

“Connecticut veterans protected us. Let’s protect their futures. In less than a year, our veterans can not only have a job, but a start a career by completing one of our Advanced Manufacturing programs,” said Connecticut Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian. “In addition to a variety of financial assistance available to those who enroll, Connecticut state law provides tuition waivers for all honorably discharged veterans for any credit-bearing courses. Our hope is that as many veterans as possible take advantage of these opportunities.”

As part of the effort, the Department of Labor will reach out to unemployed and under-employed veterans in its database.  To be eligible, veterans must register at


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