ANSONIA, CONN. — The Connecticut Plastics Council plans to unveil a training program Feb. 24 that it eventually hopes will give high school students a four-year curriculum in plastics at a vocational school in Ansonia.
CPC also will kick off a fund-raising drive to get molding machines for the Connecticut Plastics Skilled Workforce Development Program, which will be housed in the Emmett O'Brien Vocational Technical School in Ansonia.
CPC needs to raise about $125,000 to buy an extruder, a blow molding machine, a thermoformer and related auxiliary equipment, said Ted Stoughton, managing director of CPC and vice chairman of Prototype & Plastic Mold Co. Inc. in Middletown, Conn. The program already has two injection molding machines, he said.
The school also must develop a curriculum for the four-year program, he said. He hopes some classes can begin in the fall. The school is paying for teachers and space, and a grant of more than $100,000 from the Department of Labor is funding CPC's development efforts and paying for other plastics educational efforts, Stoughton said.