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Manufacturing Pipeline: Youth Manufacturing (YMPI)

The Youth Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative (YMPI) is a collaborative program Eastern Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) to help prepare students to meet a growing need of workers in Advanced Manufacturing.   Manufacturing companies in Eastern CT have a large demand for jobs for years to come. And with many workers in this field reaching retirement age, there is an extensive demand for these jobs to be filled.

Students in the Youth Manufacturing Pipeline (YMPI) pose during an awards presentation
NFA's School-to-work YMPI students receive tools as a gift for completing the program

Program Benefits

  • YMPI certification to validate program completion
  • OSHA 10 Certification
  • Credit toward your NFA diploma
  • Up to 9 college credits from CT State Community College
  • Pre-apprenticeship credits from CT Department of Labor
  • $500 Stipend for successfully completing performance assessment
  • Job fairs and interviews for employment

How can I get involved?

  • Remain in good standing with attendance, behavior, grades and credits
  • During 9th & 10th grade
    • Attend the Manufacturing Expo
    • Take a Technology Education class
  • During 11th grade:
    • Take Introduction to Manufacturing)
    • Attend information sessions and field trips 
    • Complete the YMPI Application 
    • Applications open in November and will be posted HERE
    • Advanced Manufacturing and Senior Seminar courses
    • Take Performance Assessment

For more information

Contact your school counselor, or Linda Farinha,  Director of the Anne Macaione Mitchell '44 College & Career Center, farinhal@nfaschool.org or 860-425-5729.

Youth Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative (YMPI)

12TH GRADE – 1/2 YEAR, 1 CREDIT, 2 channels (second semester)

The Youth Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative (YMPI) is a collaborative program with Norwich Free Academy, EWIB, Electric Boat and EAMA employers to help prepare students to meet a growing need of workers in Advanced Manufacturing. Students accepted into the program, will be enrolled in the 1/2 year, second semester, Advanced Manufacturing Course during their senior year.
 

How do I apply?

  • Click here to fill out the YMPI application- deadline December 12, 2023
  • Successfully pass the EWIB assessment
  • Be on track with credits towards graduation and in good standing with attendance and discipline
  • Pass Intro to Manufacturing (1/2 credit) with a C or higher (students can register for Intro to Manufacturing 1st semester, senior year)
  • Take at least one additional Technology Education course (1/2 credit)
  • Take Senior Seminar during the 12th grade (1/2 credit)

You can earn

• YMPI certification to validate program completion
• OSHA 10 Certification
• Credit toward your NFA diploma
• Up to 9 college credits from Three Rivers and
Quinebaug Valley Community Colleges
• Pre-apprenticeship credits from CT Department of Labor

Also included

• Invitation to regional job fairs to meet leading manufacturers
• Job interviews with EAMA employers and Electric Boat

Skills valued by employers

  • Design
  • Welding
  • Machinists
  • Pipefitters
  • Electrical
  • Sheet metal, Ship fitters