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“There is always going to be a reaction to substantial change,” says newly installed CSCU regional president Thomas Coley, whose oversight includes Bridgeport's Housatonic and Norwalk Community College, “which is what you’re witnessing now. It takes time and conversation.”
“Take out all the friction and we’ll make this economy sing,” the governor told the crowd at The WorkPlace's quarterly meeting, held June 21 at Housatonic Community College.
According to revised estimates from the state comptroller’s office, the cost of fringe benefits will be less than expected, though the precise impact on such community colleges as Norwalk and Housatonic is uncertain.
The system’s community colleges include Norwalk Community College and Bridgeport’s Housatonic Community College.
Skill Up for Manufacturing is a free five-week training and job placement program open to high school graduates and Connecticut residents 18 years or older who are underemployed or unemployed.
A final vote on the proposed 5 percent increase at Danbury's Western Connecticut State and three other universities will take place on March 28.
The study is part of CSCU’s ongoing effort to prove to state lawmakers – and Gov.-elect Ned Lamont – the need for economic support.
The company, a diversified manufacturer of engineered niche industrial products, serves customers across a wide range of end markets in the U.S. and internationally.
The revised “Students First” plan calls for the consolidation to take place in 2023, the hiring of three regional presidents in 2019 and the gradual elimination of 117 jobs, mostly administrative in nature.
The 144th annual meeting of the BRBC comes at a significant time for the organization as President Mickey Herbert is leaving and no successor has yet been named.
The colleges face a cumulative deficit of $144 million by fiscal year 2021, according to Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian.
“In five years, our institutions will be financially insolvent," declared Connecticut State Colleges & Universities President Mark Ojakian.