Students and faculty at Norwalk Community College welcomed speaker of the house of the Connecticut legislature Brendan Sharkey for its monthly legislative breakfast program to speak on the economy in regard to education through schools across the state.
"What is really going to matter in the end in terms of building the economy of Connecticut back up from the ground up, it's going to happen within the board of regents, within the community colleges. You are really where that is all happening."
Sharkey says the state is seeing 60 million new infrastructure and programs through the governors initiatives. NCC's president says the initiatives will impact hundreds of students.
"We have phenomenal students and this is an incredibly important event to them," said Norwalk Community College President David Levinson. "So they're the ones who do the event, that orchestrate all the wonderful food and service, so it's really important to them and then what's really important are the thousands of students that benefit from the legislative support and the support of our foundation."
Through its work with Stamford's Charter Oak organization, Norwalk Community College plans to create a satellite campus next to Stamford Hospital and continue to support college affordability through the "Go Back and Get Ahead" initiative. Stamford's JM Wright Technical HIgh school also will re-open this coming fall, serving as a model for Norwalk Community College, the Board of Regents Early College Initiative and Wright Tech.
"What we'll be doing in the fall is these two major initiatives," said Levinson. "With area high schools, where college will now be part of a ninth grade experience with the hope that students will attain their associates as they're finishing their high school degrees."
"The whole initiative that you are embarking through the board for coordinating admissions, for transferable credits, as well as the go back to get ahead program," said Sharkey. "All these initiatives is exactly what we need to be doing and in the legislature, we've been talking about for 50 to 20 years."