HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Space suits, medical devices and chocolates are just some of the made products made right here in Connecticut.
On Friday, hundreds of students learned the stories behind the production, hoping it will lead to some inspiration.
It's Manufacturing Month, with a theme of "Dream it, do it." Manufacturing Mania an initiative by Governor Malloy, inspiring school kids to consider manufacturing careers right here in Connecticut.
"I wasn't, but now I am because it's very interesting," said Demesha Palmer, University of Hartford senior. There's different varieties of manufacturers out there, that I didn't know of, but now I do."
Kids from some 20 Connecticut schools got to rub elbows with dozens of prospective employers, and the prospects are good - just ask this exhibitor, a machinist not long removed from his own education.
"I love it, the opportunities are great. I have no student loans at all," said Wesley Hipolito, of Enfield. "The state paid for my two years, my high school years, and then my company, Flanagan Industries, reimburses me for all my classes as I continue on. I'm sitting pretty right now.
"They will get these jobs, and there are jobs waiting. In today's economy who could ask for more, to have a job waiting for you at the end of the education pipeline," said Sharon Palmer, CT Commissioner of Labor.
Not just for the eyes, but also for the hands, and it is certainly giving kids some ideas about which way they want to take their careers.
"I want to be an engineer, so I'm looking at a lot of the different jobs that you can do with it, and I'm surprised, there's a lot that I didn't know about, so it was really helpful in that way," said Danielle Soucie, Plainfield High School senior.
Manufacturing Mania will also be open to the public on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission and parking next door at the Legislative Office Building garage are both free. A pretty fair price, especially if it's a ticket to your future.
"I've seen community colleges and I've gotten a bunch of brochures, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to pick one from here because this is a whole bunch of options that have opened my mind," said Hailee Parenteau, Plainfield High School junior.
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