Opportunities for Students

  • Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Student Center – Student links to help build a career in metal forming and fabricating. Learn about available scholarships, find salary information for different careers in metal forming, and even find manufacturing camps and schools to prepare for your career.
  • AMP it up! Grants for schools. Exposure for manufacturers. Glory for students. The AMP it up! Challenge makes everybody a winner. This statewide initiative will encourage kids to learn more about the world’s most innovative products and to explore an industry that offers highly-skilled, well-paying jobs. Are you up to the Challenge?
  • The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual high school competition run by a public-private partnership with the goal of sustainably increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. Every teacher that participates in the RWDC gets $1 million in professional engineering software along with training, curriculum materials, and access to mentors. Teams of 3-7 high school students use these resources to solve an engineering challenge that is currently faced by industry.
  • Regional Student Program NEBHE’s Tuition Break program, the New England Regional Student Program (RSP), enables thousands of New England residents to enroll at out-of-state New England public colleges and universities at a discount. Students are eligible for the RSP Tuition Break when they enroll in an approved major that is not offered by the public colleges and universities in their home-stat
  • The New England Fiberoptic Council (NEFC), a trade organization serving the fiber optic industry, is committed to the promotion of the regional fiber optic industry and the dissemination of information about fiber optics to the general public. Since the mid-1990s, the Council has awarded $1000 scholarships to New England community college students entering their second year of schooling. The NEFC Board of Directors invites all eligible New England community colleges to participate. To participate, community colleges will need to appoint a faculty member to oversee the institution’s applications and award selection process. Faculty members interested in participating should contact pblprojects@nebhe.org  to learn how.
  • The Judith F. Donnelly and Nicholas M. Massa LIGHT Scholarship is awarded to students in the Laser and Fiber Optic Technology (LFOT) Associate Degree program at Three Rivers Community College (TRCC; Norwich, CT) and the Laser Electro-Optics Technology (LEOT) Associate Degree program at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC; Springfield, MA) One $500 scholarship per institution per year is funded with proceeds from the textbook Light: An Introduction to Optics and Photonics written by professors Donnelly and Massa. The scholarship is administered by the New England Board of Higher Education. Email pblprojects@nebhe.org if interested in the application, typically due in April.

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