Danielson CT, May 7, 2018 - EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) students have taken first place for Best Narration and second place in the Viewer’s Choice category at the 4th Annual Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) Video Challenge and Film Festival.
Annually, high schools across eastern Connecticut partner with local manufacturers to produce a video that will educate students and communities about how manufacturing companies are changing through the use of technology, new skills and systems. Eleven high school teams participated in the 2018 challenge.
“It is important for students to be able to explore the options available to them after high school,” said QMC Interim Principal Mary Kay Knox. “The manufacturing field is diverse and exciting, plus it offers students the opportunity to earn a lucrative salary doing hands-on work. We are very fortunate that QVCC has a fantastic manufacturing program that our students can access, and a strong connection to EAMA.”
In collaboration with local manufacturer Siri Wire located in Danielson, 11 QMC students produced the winning film. Student participants were senior Josh Careau, Windham; senior Clayton Cordello, Plainfield; senior Giovanni Cotto, Windham; senior Matt Lavallee, Brooklyn; senior Thomas Menten, Sterling; senior Brittany Williams, Pomfret; junior Maxwell Underwood, Brooklyn; sophomore Antonio Carver, Windham; sophomore Maxwell Dionne, Putnam; sophomore Spencer Gelinas, Windham; and sophomore Josh Tirrell, Putnam.
“Working with Siri Wire, and in particular having the opportunity to talk to Maintenance Manager Tim Bollinger about his career, has made me aware that the local manufacturing community is very friendly and willing to mentor students who have an interest in manufacturing careers,” said QMC student Josh Careau. “A day in a manufacturing operation beats a day in the office.”
“[This project] made me aware of the possibilities of owning a small manufacturing company,” said QMC student Clayton Cordello. “This is something I might start working towards.”
QMC offers its students exposure to the manufacturing field through two course offerings, Innovations of Manufacturing and Manufacturing Math. Grade 12 students who meet the entrance requirements can enroll in select Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) Advanced Manufacturing classes.
To view the 2018 EAMA Video Challenge films visit www.eamainc.com/results-2018.html.
QMC is located on the campus of Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) in Danielson. QMC enables students to earn a high school degree, while also earning college credits from QVCC – at no additional cost. To learn more visit www.eastconn.org/qmc or call 860-932-4040.
EASTCONN is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center, which has been serving the educational needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980. Learn more at www.eastconn.org