Vice President of the United States is visiting Goodwin College, a private non-profit college that primarily grants associate's degrees, in East Hartford, Connecticut. He was here to talk about the importance of community colleges and other educational institutions listening to industry when designing job training curriculum. Goodwin College has traditionally been a place to get career training in medical fields, but a year ago, started a manufacturing track, and is greatly expanding those offerings this year, with an associate's degree in supply chain and logistics management, one in quality management systems, and certificates in machining and manufacturing and production.
Vice President, who was wearing a navy jacket, white shirt, and royal blue tie with black and white diagonal stripes, started speaking to 16 luncheon guests at about 1:20 p.m. Guests included: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, Marcia LeClerc, East Hartford mayor, the president of Goodwin College and the head of its manufacturing program, four Goodwin College manufacturing students, United Technologies Corp CEO Louis Chenevert and the general manager of Alpha Q, the head of the IAM chapter that represents Pratt & Whitney production workers, a small aerospace manufacturer in the region, and Elliot Ginsberg, leader of a manufacturing training facility.
After some joking among the politicians and some family back stories (both Malloy and Larson are the youngest of eight kids), Malloy explained why Biden was invited to talk about manufacturing training. Biden had produced a report recently on the importance of industry-guided training programs.
Malloy said the state's manufacturing sector will need to hire 2,200 workers per year for the foreseeable future. He said that when he took office, there was one community college with an advanced manufacturing center, but now there are four. And he said the volume of hiring "is why we have this partnership with this private, non-profit college. My relationship with Goodwin has meant wonderful things to me."
Malloy said, "We were worried for a period of time we might lose Pratt & Whitney or other operations" of UTC.
Before Biden began speaking about training, he talked about the murder of James Foley, a journalist who had been captured by the militant Islamic group ISIS. He called James Foley Jim.
"I have spoken with the President today... about the brutal murder, the savage murder, of Jim Foley." He called Foley a journalist "who was really respected by everyone who knew him. A guy who was all about the truth and speaking the truth." He said losing a loved one in any circumstance is difficult, but said "the sheer savagery and brutality... of ISIS... has just shocked the whole world."
He said he and the President have spent a whole lot of time recently in the Situation Room. He said of ISIS: "They're attempting to wipe out entire elements of the population in Iraq, including Muslims. I'm proud of the President stepping forward." He talked about the crisis of the Yazidi refugees on Mt. Sinjar, and how ISIS was taking "young girls from that city and selling them, auctioning them off. This is just something out of the sixth century, the fifth century."
He declared of ISIS: "They will not last. They will not succeed."