QVCC named as site for Manufacturing Center
On January 31st, 2012, Board of Regents President Robert A. Kennedy announced the selection of three community colleges for the creation of manufacturing centers to meet the state’s manufacturing workforce needs. The BOR solicited proposals for the creation of three manufacturing centers in response to the passage of Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s bipartisan Jobs Bill, which encouraged new job creation, while developing and strengthening the state’s workforce competitiveness. Included in the bill is $17.8 million in state bond funding through FY 2013 for the development of manufacturing programs at the three community colleges. This funding includes capital equipment purchases as well as the renovation and expansion of existing college facilities to accommodate a manufacturing center.
Along with QVCC, Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport and Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury were also selected by the BOR based on their ability to establish or expand manufacturing technology programs and their commitment to precision manufacturing.