We are accepting applications for our Summer and Fall sessions:

July 15 – August 30, 2024

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 9 PM

MXCC/Vinal Technical High School, Middletown, CT

September 23 – October 25, 2024

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 9 PM

Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT

Eli Whitney Technical High School, Hamden, CT


Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, be a Connecticut resident, and be able to work in the United States.

Click “APPLY NOW ” in the blue box below. You will receive an email from staff with the next steps.


WATCH THIS VIDEO >> to see an overview of manufacturing in Connecticut, job opportunities, and skills required.

Skill Up includes:


Employers helped design the Skill Up program. They visit the class and attend special events to meet trainees and discuss job opportunities. Check out the EMPLOYER SITE >> to see all the companies that have already hired Skill Up grads.

See also:   List of Manufacturing Occupations

Meet Skill Up Students!


Once you apply, you’ll get an email in 24-48 hours inviting you to schedule an assessment covering shop math, ruler reading, and spatial reasoning. Use these resources to prepare. BOOT CAMP offered to help applicants score higher.

Hassan Touil: Assembler

After completing his American GED credential, passing an English test, and demonstrating math proficiency, Hassan completed Skill Up training in the summer of 2019 and now works for the Roto Frank Company. He also received forklift training through his employer.

Aziz Goktas: Press Assistant

One of the first to graduate from the 5-Week Intro class, Aziz used his past knowledge of architecture & engineering to excel in training and joined Brook & Whittle LTD where he is earning a steady income.


Malathi Rayakota: Cleanroom Assembler

Malathi moved to Connecticut, but was only getting unskilled temp jobs. She wanted a pathway to a career. Skill Up gave her the fundamental background needed to enter the manufacturing industry. She is now employed full-time at ASML.

Skill Up is a program of Workforce Alliance and is funded through the Apprenticeship CT Initiative. Equal Opportunity Program. Auxiliary aids and accommodations available for persons with disabilities upon request. Contact Mark Cherry at (203) 624-1493 x 240 or macherry@workforcealliance.biz.