Veterans focus of latest Wallingford manufacturing employment program

Veterans focus of latest Wallingford manufacturing employment program

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WALLINGFORD — The second in a series of programs promoting manufacturing careers is slated to begin this week.

The five-week program, this time for veterans and their families, runs March 13 to April 10, 6-8 p.m. at HUBCAP, 128 Center St.

“We know, in talking with business leaders in the community and the businesses we collaborate with, veterans tend to have characteristics they’re looking for,” like responsibility, teamwork, collaboration and commitment to task, School Superintendent Salvatore Menzo said.

The programs are presented by Workforce Alliance, Wallingford Public Schools, Wallingford Adult Education and HUBCAP, and sponsored by area manufacturing companies Allnex, BYK, Hobson Motzer and Ulbrich Steel.

A pilot program ran last fall for recent grads and anyone under-employed. 

Joe Mirra, founder and board chairman of HUBCAP, said that out of 15 participants that completed the program, eight secured jobs with local manufacturing companies and five found jobs in other fields.

A veterans-focused program, he said, is a “good complement for what we did for the general public.”

The program’s capacity is 20 participants, and five people already had registered by March 6.

“We feel confidence that we will reach capacity,” Mirra said, “based on the marketing that has been done and the recent contacts with vet organizations, including West Haven VA Hospital’s vocational development specialist.”

The program is slated to include hands-on projects, introductions to local manufacturing employers and job hunting skill-building.

The added layer this time, Menzo said, is that each week will highlight how to access a different veterans’ resource, like housing or health insurance.

According to data from Workforce Alliance, there were 13,600 open jobs for skilled workers in manufacturing last year.

The fee is $35, due at the first session, cash only. Supplies and dinner are included.

Times Microwave Systems, an Amphenol company, has offered help sponsoring participants.

To register, visit or contact HUBCAP at 203-626-9351 or


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