The seeds for what is now the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) were sown in 1994, when representatives from local plastics industry businesses, in conjunction with Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC), formed the Quinebaug Valley Plastics Institute (QVPI). QVPI supported students entering the plastics industry through workshops, seminars, training, education, and employment opportunities. In 2010, QVPI changed its name to the Quinebaug Manufacturing Institute to expand its membership and broaden its impact to the entire manufacturing industry. In 2013, in recognition of the group’s expanding presence in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, the organization changed its name to the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA).
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EAMA partners with Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC), Three Rivers Community College (TRCC), Ellas T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School, and H.H. Ellis Technical High School to increase the capacity and industry-relevance of the region’s primary manufacturing training and educational programs. EAMA works with these educational partners to change perceptions of the manufacturing industry and promote manufacturing careers to youth and adults. EAMA supports its two partner colleges to align their efforts to best meet the needs of all regional manufacturers.