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Published by Bristol Press

Bristol Adult Ed prepares 5 women for careers in manufacturing

Published on Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:24
Written by SUSAN CORICA 

BRISTOL - Five students have successfully completed Bristol Adult Education’s new manufacturing program called “Women in Manufacturing.”

Vanessa Rivera, Rosemary Antonetti, Tatum Houle, Sreeja Sajeevan, and Mary Gonzalez, all city residents, recently received a Certificate of Competence for their achievements, endorsed by Adult Ed, Rowley Spring & Stamping, and the New England Spring and Metalstamping Association (NESMA).

Adult Ed began the new program in March, in collaboration with Rowley and select members of NESMA.

The program was made possible through the support of the Main Street Community Foundation’s Sky Bight Grant, NESMA, and area manufacturers.

It was modeled on the documented successes of previous cohorts of the Adult Education Diploma and Certificate (AEDAC) program, according to Lawrence Covino, Adult Ed director. These focus on the entry level manufacturing skills students need to obtain and sustain gainful employment in Bristol area corporations. The students participated in 72 hours of direct classroom instruction and 60 hours of hands-on training on the factory floor.

“In the classroom, students learned measurement and quality control practices, manufacturing related mathematics concepts and practices, blueprint reading, and other essential mechanical skills,” Covino said.

“On the factory floor, students learned to operate a variety of spring-making machines, including an Optical Comparator, Nilson Fourslide Machine, and Bowden Torsion Machine, all under the instruction of Rowley Spring supervisors,” he explained.

“The program is also embedded with ‘soft skills’ training,” Covino said. “Topics include basic concepts such as the importance of arriving to work on time and focusing on the task at hand, and concludes with employment search strategies and resume writing. The goal of the program is to provide local manufacturers with job candidates that will grow with a company long term, who have a solid background and understanding of the industry.”

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or


John Dellalana, President of Rowley Spring & Stamping Corporation, speaks to Women in Manufacturing Graduates, 2018.​

Vanessa Rivera speaks to graduates and guests at the 2018 Women in Manufacturing graduation ceremony.

BAEC Instructors Brian Reardon and Jacquie Strawson share some details of the 2018 Women in Manufacturing Program.

Lawrence Covino, Director of Bristol Adult Education, congratulates the graduates of the 2018 Women in Manufacturing Program...and makes one last request.
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