Dan Esty to Kick Off Green Leadership Series on March 25

The Gateway Resource, Education and Training (GREAT) Center will kick off its Green Leadership Series with the "Future of Green Initiatives" event on March 25, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Gateway Community College in Community Room N100 at 20 Church Street in New Haven.

The event will feature keynote speaker Dan Esty, a green policy expert, professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale Law School, and former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

A panel discussion moderated by Thomas Marano of the Community Builders Institute will feature education, legislative, public utilities, planning, and development experts, including speakers from United Illuminating and the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA).

The "Future of Green Initiatives" event targets municipal planning and development officials, commercial brokers, community development professionals, transportation planners, and green building professionals.

Registration is $25 per person, with continental breakfast included and validated parking in the Temple Street garage. To register online, click here.

Register for Tuition-Free Gateway CC Small Engine Repair & Technology Program

The GREAT Center at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut is now accepting registrations for its tuition-free, intensive 45-hour Winter Intercession Small Engine Repair & Technology Program that includes classroom and hands-on training to learn to inspect, service and repair motorized power equipment. This training is integral in many maintenance and service occupations as well as mechanic or technician jobs working on generators, snow blowers, lawn mowers, personal watercraft, garden tractors and other small engines.

The program will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from January 14 to January 30 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Gateway's North Haven Campus at 88 Bassett Road in North Haven, Connecticut. Nine classes taught over three weeks cover safety, tools, fuel, chemicals, starting and charging the equipment; training in inspection, disassembly, reconditioning, preventive maintenance and troubleshooting; and hands-on familiarity with a variety of equipment.

During the spring 2014 semester, the class will participate in an on-campus weekly practicum experience also at no cost to the student. Practicum sessions will be held each Friday from February 4 to May 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Students may also seek out independent internship opportunities (paid or unpaid). Classroom instruction and practicum will be taught by tenured Gateway automotive department faculty.

Upon completion of the 45-hour classroom training and spring practicum, students will sit for Equipment and Engineering Training Council (EETC) Certification(s) in 2-Stroke, 4-Stroke and Electrical. Test fees of $49 each are the responsibility of the student. Required course text and study guides are also additional. Tool kits and repair manuals will be available for use during class.

Orientation will take place on December 13, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gateway Downtown Campus, 20 Church Street, New Haven, Room N103. Technical knowledge and mechanical aptitude will be assessed. Spots in the training will be determined following orientation. A high school diploma or GED is required. Complete a registration form to register for orientation. For more information, please contact CT-MET Coordinator Ann Harrison at (203) 285-2309 or aharrison@gatewayct.edu.

This program is pending approval as related instruction for a small engine mechanic Registered Apprenticeship with the CT Department of Labor. Other related instruction including safety, math and blueprint reading to be completed within the first year of a registered apprenticeship. Contact the program coordinator for details. This opportunity is made possible through Connecticut's Manufacturing, Energy and Transportation (CT-MET) Initiative.

Office Technology Support Specialist Job Opening

Prime Solutions, Inc. (PSI) is a rapidly growing engineering firm and smart grid technology sister company seeking a talented office technology support specialist with aspirations to grow into a more senior role. Primary responsibilities center on supporting end users in a Microsoft centric office environment with some Windows server administration (Exchange, group policy, automated backups). Opportunity to grow in sister company performing systems and network administration tasks in Linux data center and software environment.

Prime Solutions, Inc. (PSI) is a full-service renewable energy EPC firm, providing integrated and technology agnostic design, engineering, procurement and construction and operation and maintenance services to commercial customers across North America. PSI operates at the intersection of utility engineering, energy efficiency, distributed energy resources and generation, smart grid and grid regulation markets. As an energy-engineering-based organization with strong project execution experience, PSI brings significant value to all of its projects by merging practical project execution experience with in-house design and value engineering capabilities – which allows PSI clients to maximize the value in their Solar PV projects. PSI provides its design, engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services either on á-la-carte basis or through a whole project lifecycle. PSI's staff are highly accomplished engineers, project and construction managers, with deep experience in the management of multi-million construction projects.

This is a full-time, direct hire position in New Milford, Connecticut, with a salary range of $45-$60k, commensurate with experience, and benefits. Contact HR with a letter of interest and resume at hiring@primesolutions-inc.com.

Responsibilities include:

• Manage desktop computers running Win xp/7/8, Mac and miscellaneous office equipment at all locations

• Provide support for Microsoft Office products

• Install, maintain and troubleshoot network communication systems including routers, switches and firewall systems

• Maintain automated off site data back-ups

• Maintain Windows Active Directory and group policy

• Track and document processes/changes

• Keep up-to-date on IT trends and tools; develop and recommend new ideas, strategies and plans to address immediate, mid-and long-term business needs

• Develop and test Disaster Recovery Plan for all critical equipment

• Work within sister company's IT operations organization policies and procedures

• Provide weekly management reports, reporting on server performance, helpdesk activity, etc.

• Manage remote access and provide remote assistance to off-site workers

• Respond to network/server outages

• Perform other duties as assigned

Requirements for qualifications include:

• 2+ years of experience supporting end users of Microsoft Windows and Office in a commercial environment

• Demonstrated track record of excellent customer service

• Formal education in Information Systems (AA or BS preferred)

• Experience managing Microsoft Exchange and Small Business Server

• Cisco CCNA or other cisco certification a plus

• Experience with Linux, SQL databases, and bash scripting a plus

• Must be a US citizen or authorized to work in the US

• Must have reliable transportation

Register for Free Gateway CC Transportation Training Program

Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut is now accepting registrations for its free Transportation Career Trainee Program. Participants will earn an industry-recognized safety credential, strengthen vital skills, knowledge and abilities, and be introduced to a variety careers in maintenance, repair and operations related to roads, rails, buses, trains and engines. Professionals with railroad, public transportation and mechanical experience teach key modules. Students will prepare for highly selective employment examinations, with a special focus on the railroad industry for those who are interested.

Classes will run from March 3, 2014 through May 30, 2014 from Monday through Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The final week of class will be a daytime only 30-Hour OSHA General Industry Training from May 27 to May 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday).

All potential candidates must attend an orientation and pre-assessment session to be considered for this program. Candidates will be assessed for transferable skills and aptitude beginning with the orientation session. Spots in the training will be determined after orientation. Candidates may be referred to Associate Degree or credit certificate programs related to transportation. Successful completion of the Transportation Careers Trainee Program may be eligible for college credit. People with CDL licenses are especially encouraged to apply.

Course modules include:

• Blueprint and schematic diagram reading;

• Locomotive electrical components: troubleshooting; maintenance and repair (basic electricity & electronics; electrical measuring; electrical circuits; motor controls; A/C controls);

• Signaling equipment and infrastructure; wireless and mobile communications systems; basic GPS and GIS functions;

• Overview of vehicle operations; transit facility and maintenance practices;

• Communications skills overview and mock interviews; technical resume assistance; leading industry guest speakers; professional development advisement. Job placement is not guaranteed.

Candidates should expect to participate in an unpaid job shadowing experience. Students may also seek out independent internship opportunities (paid or unpaid).

Orientations will take place on December 13, 2013, January 3, 2014, and January 17, 2014. All orientations begin at 10 a.m. at the Gateway Downtown Campus, 20 Church Street, New Haven, Room N103. Complete a registration form to register for orientation. For more information, please contact CT-MET Coordinator Ann Harrison at (203) 285-2309 or aharrison@gatewayct.edu.

Survey Finds Rising Demand and Competition for STEM Degree Holders

More new STEM jobs are being created than new non-STEM jobs today at U.S. Fortune 1000 companies, according to 67 percent of the respondents to the latest Bayer Corporation Facts of Science Education survey. The sample included talent recruiters from both STEM and non-STEM companies.

Eighty-nine percent of the talent recruiters in this year's survey report that competition is fierce to fill open STEM jobs with four-year STEM degree holders. In addition, new hires with two-year and four-year STEM degrees are "as" or "more in demand" for non-STEM jobs than new hires without STEM degrees who have traditionally filled those jobs, according to 79 percent and 89 percent of survey respondents, respectively.

Yet, very few – only 16 percent or less – of participating Fortune 1000 companies are seeing adequate numbers of qualified African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian two- and four-year STEM degree job candidates. And overall, just over half (55 percent) of these companies can find in a timely manner adequate numbers of qualified job candidates with two-year STEM degrees. Only half (50 percent) can find qualified four-year degree holders in a timely manner. Companies struggling to fill STEM positions overwhelmingly (at least 90 percent) believe it is due to a shortage of qualified STEM degree candidates with two-year or four-year degrees.

"While much of the debate today centers on the country's pool of STEM Ph.D.s., this survey focuses on the lion's share of our STEM workforce -- those with four-year STEM degrees or less," said Jerry MacCleary, President, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. "For this particular debate, we believe the jury is no longer out. As professionals responsible for scouting and hiring talent, the recruiters' firsthand knowledge is an excellent barometer of the STEM workforce realities that companies in a range of industries are facing today."

According to Fortune 1000 talent recruiters:

Finding STEM New Hires

• Nearly seven-in-10 (68 percent) of those who cannot find an adequate number of qualified STEM job candidates report their companies have a significant number of open, unfilled STEM jobs for four-year STEM degree holders, while nearly half (48 percent) report vacancies for two-year STEM degree holders.

• Talent recruiters at manufacturing industry companies are more likely to report difficulty finding qualified four-year STEM degree job candidates (55 percent). • Talent recruiters report seeing fewer Caucasian (33 percent) and Asian (39 percent) female job candidates with four-year STEM degrees than Caucasian (67 percent) and Asian (59 percent) males.

• Virtually all Fortune 1000 companies offer programs, such as internships and recruitment programs, to find qualified four-year STEM degree candidates, while only slightly more than half (53 percent) do so to find two-year STEM degree candidates.

Increasing Demand for STEM Degree Holders

• Seventy-five percent of STEM and non-STEM company talent recruiters believe that, 10 years from now, there will be more new STEM jobs than new non-STEM jobs created at their companies.

• Seventy-three percent of respondents say that two-year STEM degree holders will continue to be "as" or "more in demand" for non-STEM jobs than their counterparts without STEM degrees in the next decade. Ninety percent believe the same of four-year STEM degree holders.

• While the respondents believe that demand for two- and four-year STEM degree holders will continue to be strong in the next 10 years, new hires with four-year STEM degrees, in particular, will be in short supply, say more than two-thirds (68 percent) of respondents. More talent recruiters at companies in the manufacturing (75 percent) and services industries (77 percent) expect such a workforce shortage.

• Computer/information technology and engineering (not IT/computers) are predicted by the talent recruiters to be the two highest growth jobs at their companies 10 years from now for both two- and four-year STEM degree holders.

"As the debate rages over whether or not the United States is producing enough STEM talent to meet the demand, a new voice emerges," said Linda Rosen, CEO of Change the Equation. "Even in the height of the recession, STEM jobs were going unfilled. The results of this survey emphasize the voice of Corporate America – there is a STEM skills shortage and we need to address it now. We very much believe in using data to inform our efforts around STEM learning, and this important survey gives us one more tool to employ."

Precision Manufacturing & AutoCAD Classes at Gateway Community College

The Gateway Community College Workforce Development Institute still has room available in the following classes. Day and evening classes are available and are ideal for employee training and CEUs. To register, please contact Erika Lynch at 203-285-2302 or elynch@gatewayct.edu. The Gateway Workforce Development Institute is located at Gateway Community College at 20 Church Street in downtown New Haven.

BLUEPRINT READING

This course covers the basics of reading mechanical blueprints. Both the English and Metric systems are discussed. Various topics are covered such as the alphabet of lines, detail and assembly drawings, pictorial drawings, orthographic projection, auxiliary views, section views, dimensions, tolerances, threads, title blocks, revision blocks, bill of materials and standards of drawing paper. CRN 4262 Thursday, September 12 - October 10 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room N004 Frank Renaldi $239.00

METROLOGY (NEW FALL 2013)

The science of measurement as it applies to manufacturing processes. This course will study the various types of measuring devices and instrumentation widely used in the manufacturing industry. Differentiate between precision and semi-precision. Proper use of Scaled and Venire Instruments, Micrometers, Dial Indicators/Calipers, Gage Pins and Blocks will be discussed and demonstrated. Comparative methods using Sine Plates, Height and Surface Gages will also be covered. Students will learn the correct method of inspection based upon the accuracy of a components feature to be measured. CRN 4270 Saturday, October 5 - 19 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Room N004 Paul Delandra $229.00

AUTOCAD I - BASIC TRAINING

This course will introduce students to the AutoCAD environment and operations. Topics include simple and complex drawing commands and modification, basic constructions and geometry, text manipulations, dimensioning and basic print layouts. CRN 4400 CEU 3.2 Saturday, October 5 - November 23 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Room N010 Joseph Kardos $459.00

INTRODUCTION TO ISO 9001:2008

Provides an affordable path for small- to mid-sized companies to become ISO compliant. ISO 9001:2008 provides an effective mechanism for interaction among participants in an enjoyable workshop format. The ISO 9001:2008 format provides ample opportunities for gaining insight into a variety of implementation strategies. CRN 4267 CEU 0.6 Monday & Wednesday, November 4 - 6 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room N004 Samuel Eskridge $199.00

GEOMETRIC DIMENSIONING AND TOLERANCING

This course studies the industry accepted ANSI/ASME Y14.5-1994. This standard creates a unified symbolic language through which engineering requirements are specified on prints with respect to actual function and relationship of part features. Subject matters include the application of five categories of symbols: form, profile, run out, orientation, and location. Critical topics such as datums, feature control frames, and modifiers will also be discussed. CRN 4264 CEU 2.4 Saturday, November 9 - December 14 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Room N004 Frank Renaldi $459.00

TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT

Develops the concepts of a total quality system, including policies, objectives and organizations. Reviews such topics as cost of quality, planning, improvement techniques, reliability, supplier relations and evaluations, inspection, measurement and process control techniques, customer and consumer relations. CRN 4305 CEU 1.2 Monday & Wednesday, November 11 - 20 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room N004 Samuel Eskridge $229.00

STATISTICAL PROCESS CONTROL

Presents a practical aid to management adapted from the science of statistics. The scope of study ranges from basic statistical concepts to techniques for the cost and quality control with emphasis on control by charting and acceptance sampling. The computer is utilized as an aid in calculation and control chart preparation. CRN 4268 CEU 2.7 Monday & Wednesday, November 25 - December 18 (No class November 27) 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Room N004 Samuel Eskridge $459.00

CNC-I INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERIZED NUMERICAL CONTROL PROGRAMMING

Basic concepts and techniques of CNC programming with emphasis on multi-axis machining and methods of handling part geometry. Instruction in current standard CNC language programming through use of simulation software and realistic exercises. WINTER 2014 CEU 3.0 Monday & Wednesday, January 6 - February 10 (No class January 20) 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room TBA Joseph Kardos $459.00

CNC-II COMPUTERIZED NUMERICAL CONTROL PROGRAMMING

Advanced problem-solving and programming techniques with emphasis on complex part programming. Transition from programming to hands-on set-ups and production using concrete component projects. WINTER 2014 CEU 3.0 Monday & Wednesday, February 12 - March 19 (No class February 17) 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room TBA Joseph Kardos $459.00

CNC-III ADVANCED COMPUTERIZED NUMERICAL CONTROL PROGRAMMING

Advanced programming and machining techniques are employed in the manufacture of complex components, requiring multi-stage set-ups and activities with multi-axis requirements. Coming in April 2014.

New Haven Start-Up Company Hiring Research Associates

Arvinas, a new start-up company in New Haven, CT, is seeking talented, innovative, and experienced biologists to investigate oncology target biology as well as to develop novel, targeted therapeutics that address the underlying genetic drivers of cancer. Successful candidates will participate in drug discovery teams that will develop both cell-mechanistic assays to probe target/pathway modulation and phenotypic assays such as cell proliferation and death.

Candidates should have an AS/BS/MS with 3+ years of laboratory experience (drug discovery setting preferred) in cell & molecular laboratory research.

Preferred Skills and Abilities include:

• Innovative, independent, motivated and productive problem solver with excellent communication skills who also works effectively in a team setting

• Strength in experimental design, execution, and data analysis

•Organized, goal-oriented and timeline-conscious

• Strength in leveraging multiple assay platforms for measuring target engagement, pathway modulation and cell sensitivity in response to compounds or target modulation

• Experience in design, QC and execution of medium- to high- throughput assays formats, such as ELISA, quantitative Western, and cell viability/death

• Molecular techniques: cloning, PCR, RT-PCR, cell line engineering

• Protein expression and purification

• Experience in utilizing compounds and molecular, target manipulation (e.g. RNAi) to dissect target function and dependency

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to: Arvinas2013@gmail.com.

STEM Student Competitions Results Announced

Connecticut Innovations (CI), the state's quasi-public authority responsible for growing Connecticut businesses through innovative financing and strategic assistance, announced results of its yearlong support of two science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education initiatives for high school students in Connecticut: the Real World Design Challenge and the Sikorsky STEM Challenge. CI supports these initiatives annually to help strengthen Connecticut's technology talent pipeline and fuel business growth.

CI served as coordinator of the Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) state competition during the 2012/2013 school year, in partnership with Pratt and Whitney and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The RWDC, an annual competition held at both state and national levels, provides high school students the opportunity to work on engineering challenges in a team environment. State winners go on to participate in the national competition. Since the national RWDC program's inception in 2008, it has been supported by a broad-based public-private partnership that has contributed significant funding as well as in-kind services.

The primary focus of this year's RWDC state competition was an aviation challenge: designing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to locate a lost boy scout in the mountains. Fifteen high school teams from across Connecticut worked to meet the challenge, aided by engineers from Pratt and Whitney who served as mentors; three teams made it to the state finals. The finalists were from Conard High School (West Hartford), Watkinson School (West Hartford) and Xavier High School (Middletown). The finals, held in February, were hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at its New London campus.

Xavier High School's team captured the first place award. Its team consisted of: Mark Breault, Mario Chris, Tyler Cusack, John Reidy, Brian Wilcox, Jeff Witz and Zach Ziobrowski. Xavier's team went on to compete in the national RWDC competition, held in April in Washington, D.C., where it earned national recognition for Best Use of Mentors in the Aviation Challenge.

"We're excited about these experiences because they give kids an opportunity to acquire not only STEM technical knowledge and expertise, but also adaptability, communication and social skills, and problem-solving and management abilities – in short, all of the skills necessary to become a successful contributor in the workplace," said Tom Prete, vice president of engineering at Pratt and Whitney.

CI also served as coordinator of the Sikorsky STEM Challenge, in which high school teams statewide were asked to redesign the aileron, an airplane part originally made out of wood for the World War II Corsair airplane, using today's materials. Sikorsky provided engineering mentors, Connecticut Corsair provided access to a wooden aileron and pertinent data, and other industry partners provided necessary materials and helped to judge the teams' designs. The other industry partners included: Bolton Works (East Hartford), CAPInc (Meriden), DataBank (Glastonbury), DC Hall (North Branford), Infotech Enterprises (East Hartford), InterPRO (Deep River), Joining Technologies (East Granby), Lynn Welding (Newington), Trumpf (Farmington), Tumbleweed Transportation (Moodus), and Tygor Laboratories (Milford).

Over 130 students from 11 Connecticut high schools participated in the design challenge. At the conclusion of the competition, the top three teams presented their winning solutions to a panel of judges at the student Innovation Expo on May 4 at the Connecticut Convention Center. The winning teams were:

• First Place - East Haven High School (students Anthony DeMayo and Dhruv Patel, supervised by teachers Mike Cassone and James Newton)

• Second Place - Amity Regional High School

• Third Place - Trumbull high School

To learn more about these Connecticut STEM competitions, please visit the Connecticut Real World Design Challenge site and the Sikorsky STEM Challenge site.

Study Finds Half of STEM Jobs Do Not Require a Four-Year Degree

This article was adapted from an article appearing on USNews.com on June 10, 2013.

About 20 percent of all American jobs are now in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, with half of those open to workers who don't have a four-year college degree, according to a new report by the Brookings Institution called "The Hidden STEM Economy."

Those jobs constitute a "hidden STEM economy," the Washington, D.C.-based think tank says, because they are "prevalent in every large metropolitan area," but many people believe at least a bachelor's degree is necessary to work in careers that require STEM skills. Many of these so-called "blue-collar" stem jobs are in construction, installation, manufacturing and health care. They include registered nurses, mechanics, carpenters and electricians.

"Of the $4.3 billion spent annually by the federal government on STEM education and training, only one-fifth goes towards supporting sub-bachelor's level training, while twice as much supports bachelor's or higher level-STEM careers," the report says. "The vast majority of National Science Foundation spending ignores community colleges. In fact, STEM knowledge offers attractive wage and job opportunities to many workers with a post-secondary certificate or associate's degree."

STEM jobs that don't require a four-year degree pay about $53,000 on average, about 10 percent higher than non-STEM jobs available to people with similar education backgrounds. "Today, there are two STEM economies. The professional STEM economy of today is closely linked to graduate school education, maintains close links with research universities, but functions mostly in the corporate sector. It plays a vital function in keeping American businesses on the cutting edge of technological development and deployment. Its workers are generally compensated extremely well," the report says. "The second STEM economy draws from high schools, workshops, vocational schools and community colleges. These workers today are less likely to be directly involved in invention, but they are critical to the implementation of new ideas, and advise researchers on feasibility of design options, cost estimates, and other practical aspects of technological development."

Of the country's 200 largest metropolitan areas, Silicon Valley's economy most relies on STEM workers, with a third of all employees in San Jose working in STEM jobs. Tech hubs such as San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Denver, Austin, Houston, Raleigh (a banking hub) and Hartford, Conn., are also STEM hotbeds, according to the report.

Applications Engineer Job Opening

Proton OnSite is looking for an Applications Engineer to provide pre- and post-technical sales support to customers and sales representatives in order to determine which products and/or services best fit the customers' needs.

Proton OnSite designs, develops, and manufactures gas generating systems that are used in industrial, laboratory, and research facilities. Proton's HOGEN(R) hydrogen generators produce hydrogen from electricity and water in a clean and efficient process using its proprietary PEM technology while its line of nitrogen and air products utilize both membrane and PSA technologies to produce gases used for analytical chemistry. Proton is located in a 100,000 square foot facility that serves as the company's world headquarters located in Wallingford, CT.

Proton OnSite values personal initiative combined with loyalty and commitment to the team. They are looking for individuals with the ability to convert complex issues into simple solutions, excellent communication skills, and a strong sense of urgency in doing what it takes to get the job done.

Major responsibilities include performing customer requirements analysis to include process flow demand and profiling, backup storage and buffer tank sizing; determining which options are required and determine service level requirements; identifying areas for product improvement or needs for new products and product options, and performing the function of technical liaison between engineering and the sales team.

Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree (desired, but not required); 2-5 years of experience; knowledge of compressed gases, hydrogen safety, and installing electrical equipment; familiarity with power plant, light industrial and laboratory operations; basic computer skills; good verbal and written communication skills, and gas generator product knowledge (a plus).

Applicants should send resumes to Sandi Kelly in Human Resources. Due to the high volume of resumes, Proton OnSite is not able to respond personally to every application, but does review every resume, and will contact applicants who may be a possible fit.

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