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    Friday, June 14, 2024

    Emissions testing program at Norwich Tech graduates its first students

    Norwich ― Seven Norwich Tech automotive students who completed their training and were certified as motor vehicle emissions test inspectors were celebrated by the school on Monday.

    The pilot training program was designed to address a shortage of certified emissions technicians in the state. Through a partnership with Opus Inspections, the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the state technical high schools, automotive students at Norwich Tech have been trained and certified to become test inspectors.

    “We are committed to providing our students with innovative opportunities that prepare them for success in the automotive industry," said Ellen Solek, Connecticut Technical Education and Career System executive director. "Through this program, our students gain valuable skills and certifications that make them highly sought-after by repair shops and dealerships, ultimately creating new employment opportunities for our graduates."

    Opus provided state-of-the-art equipment and curriculum resources, while teachers underwent specialized training to train the students, state officials said in announcing the success of the pilot program.

    State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and DMV officials were at Norwich Tech on Monday to celebrate the students’ certification.

    Plans are to expand the initiative to 17 additional automotive programs in technical schools statewide. Each year more than 220 students graduate from CTECS automotive programs.

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