February 2021

MxCC Student Selected as National DREAM Scholar

Middlesex Community College student Ethan Rossier of New London has been chosen as one of eight national 2021 DREAM Scholars by Achieving the Dream (ATD). Rossier is an economics major and honors student, who will participate in ATD’s 2021 DREAM Scholars program.


Five Community Colleges Receive Federal Grant for Health Care Career Training

A consortium of five Connecticut community colleges, led by Norwalk Community College, received a $3.4 million Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grant from the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. The grant, awarded to Norwalk, Gateway, Housatonic, Middlesex, and Tunxis Community Colleges, funds the Connecticut Statewide Healthcare Industry Pathways project for delivering accelerated training in health care career pathways.

SCSU’s Okobi Earns Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

Elsie Rogers Halliday Okobi, Southern Connecticut State University professor of educational leadership and policy studies, was awarded a fellowship at the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, where she will help train library staff members as part of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program.

LEGO Group’s Replay Program Gets Used LEGO Bricks to Connecticut Students

The Connecticut State Department of Education and LEGO Group partnered to get boxes of LEGO brick to 6,500 students in Danbury, Hartford, and New Britain through LEGO Group’s Replay Program, for students to play while at home and in the classroom. LEGO Replay allows anyone to donate their used LEGO brick free to a Give Back Box facility where it will be inspected, sanitized and repackaged for kids across the country.

Library Exhibit at Eastern Celebrates Black Painters

Eastern Connecticut State University’s J. Eugene Smith Library is honoring Black History Month with a virtual exhibit commemorating Black painters that includes a curation of websites, articles, images and books.

CSCU Foundation Students First Scholarship

The CSCU Foundation’s new Students First Scholarship, in honor of retired CSCU President Mark Ojakian, will award at least two $2,020 scholarships for community college graduates transferring to a Connecticut State University or Charter Oak State College. Applications are due March 12, 2021.


New Directors Set Cross-Campus Goals at CCSU’s Center for Africana Studies

Co-directors Dr. Wangari Gichiru and Dr. Daniel J. Broyld of the Center for Africana Studies at Central Connecticut State University, have set outreach to all areas of the university as a priority and are set to expand the important work of the Center.

ECSU Students Create Website to Help Navigate VAMS

Eastern Connecticut State University students in the Business Information System’s Program created a website to help older residents navigate COVID-19 vaccine registration and scheduling on the Vaccine Administration Management System.

WCSU’s Owino Named to AMS Board on Higher Education

Albert Owino, associate professor of meteorology at Western Connecticut State University, was appointed to the American Meteorological Society Board on Higher Education. He also serves as director of the WCSU Weather Center.

HCC Textbook Lending Library Established with SFFEA Grant

Housatonic Community College is easing the burden of textbook costs for low-income students thanks to a Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts (SFFEA) grant for the creation of a new Textbook Lending Library.


MCC Names Dean of Institutional Advancement

Manchester Community College has named Dr. Tom Reynolds dean of Institutional Advancement, responsible for advancing the mission, vision, and short and long-term goals of the college.

How the DeStefano Papers Came to SCSU’s Buley Library

Jackie Toce, head of Technical Services at Southern Connecticut State University’s Hilton C. Buley Library, spent seven years digitizing the papers of former New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and making them globally accessible.


ECSU Professor Authors Book on Six Sigma Organizational Method

Fatma Pakdil, professor of management at Eastern Connecticut State University, has published a new book titled “Six Sigma for Students: A Problem-Solving Methodology,” aiming to fill a gap in teaching and learning Six Sigma discipline.


Founder of Jet Blue to Give Online Lecture to Support NCC Foundation

On Thursday, Feb. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., David Neeleman, entrepreneur and founder of Jet Blue, will present an online lecture, "State of the Airline Industry in 2021; My Journey from Overcoming Educational Challenges to Airline Entrepreneur" to benefit the Norwalk Community College Foundation.


NVCC Presents Annual Manufacturing Awards

Naugatuck Valley Community College CEO Lisa Dresdner presented the annual Manufacturing Incentive Awards to the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center’s top 10 highest achieving students.


NCCC  Launches Data Science Degree Program

Northwestern Connecticut Community College launched its new Data Science Degree and Certificate program last semester in which students in the Capstone Research Project Course solve actual business problems.

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