MANCHESTER,Conn. (WTNH)– In recent years, more than 170,000 students dropped out of the state’s Community College and University system.
The Governor say he wants to cut that number way down with an infusion of cash for new technology and better workforce training at all the campuses.
There are over 120,000 full and part-time students attending classes at one of the campuses of the Connecticut State College and University System.
That’s four times the enrollment of the state’s flagship; University of Connecticut. 96 percent are Connecticut residents, an average of 80 percent of students remain in the state to work and live.
It is spread across seventeen different Community College and State University campuses across the state.
Sophomore Brian Nwafor of East Hartford has a typical student story.
“Originally I was subject to a four year university but the money was too much…so I decided to go to a Community College to save up some money and also improve on my academic skills,” said Brian Nwafor, East Hartford.
So far, there appears to be no opposition to the Governor’s plan to infuse over 130 million into the system to expand access to more young people both in classes and online with an investment in expanded technology even ‘early college experience’ for kids in high school.
“This plan helps more students graduate and keeps college affordable,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy,(D) Connecticut.
The business community which has been pushing Malloy to do this is ecstatic.
“This is all music to our ears, speaking for the business community; this is exactly what we need,” said Anthony Rescigno, Gr. New Haven Chamber of Commerce.
Malloy also pledged Wednesday to work with the new administrator of the system to keep tuition down.
The governor says this 130 million should really be just a down-payment on improving the system because it is estimated that within the next fifteen years, 70 percent of all jobs in Connecticut will require post-secondary education.
For more information, go to http://www.ct.edu/transform.