Contact: Lawrence Cook
March 27, 2012
State Senator Joan V. Hartley (D-Waterbury) today said the State Bond Commission is poised to release state funding for the design and construction of facilities at Waterbury’s Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) for a new manufacturing technology program there.
Three of these new programs are scheduled to start; one at NVCC and the others at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport and the Quinebaug Valley Community College in Killingly. The matter is included on the agenda for Friday morning’s meeting of the State Bond Commission and is expected to be approved at that time, Senator Hartley said. The General Assembly authorized this bonding during its Special Session last fall.
“The state’s investment in these on-campus upgrades will generate returns by way of the new entrepreneurial opportunities to be generated by this manufacturing technology program,” Senator Hartley said. “This program was part of the comprehensive jobs creation legislation approved during the jobs Special Session last October. I’m delighted to see this immediate progress and the designation as one of three projects in the state.”
Senator Hartley said Naugatuck Valley Community College offers degrees or certification in approximately 100 separate disciplines, and does so while accommodating most every schedule, with classes during the day, at night, and on weekends.
“The added bonus of this state investment in Naugatuck Valley Community College is its potential to generate short-term, local jobs for the duration of these campus-wide improvements,” Senator Hartley said. “The state Office of Policy and Management issued a preliminary estimate that about 74 construction and construction-related jobs will be created or retained by this project on the three community college campuses.”
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