Chelsea Groton grant to Westerly Education Center

Lori Dufficy of Chelsea Groton Bank and Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation, left, presents a $3,000 grant to Amy Grzybowski executive director of Westerly Education Center. The center is a recipient of a $3,000 grant from Chelsea Groton Charitable Foundation to support career programming for teenagers in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Manufacturing Career Exposure Days will begin in March for high school students from Westerly, Exeter/West Greenwich, Coventry, Stonington and North Stonington. The advanced manufacturing careers to be represented are nuclear submarine shipbuilding, wooden boatbuilding, and process technology.

“Regional employment opportunities in these fields are expanding rapidly,” said Grzybowski. “Youth interested in building a life in eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island should be aware of career options that allow them to grow their talents, enjoy personal fulfillment, advance their careers, and earn excellent wages that they will, in turn, invest in the economy of our states. We thank Chelsea Groton Charitable Foundation to their generous gift in support of advanced manufacturing career awareness.”

“One of our obligations as a community bank is to ensure the future of our community is in good hands," said Dufficy. “The Manufacturing Career Exposure Days will teach young people about the many career opportunities that exist right in their backyard. We are always thrilled to support initiatives like this that align so closely with the mission of the bank and foundation.”

A variety of manufacturing trades will be included in the exposure days, including pipefitting, electrical, and sheet metal trades such as those available at General Dynamics Electric Boat and its supply chain manufacturers; maritime boatbuilding trades that build and repair wooden boats in manufacturing companies and at area boatyards; and process technology careers featuring bio-manufacturing, pharmaceutical, textile manufacturing, plastics manufacturing, and brewing industries.

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