Media Advisory  

DEC. 9, 2010


Early Childhood Education Partnership Forming
Between Bridgeport, Rural South African Communities

Details at 10 a.m. News Conference, Mon., Dec. 13, at HCC

BRIDGEPORT – The Bridgeport early childhood education community is forming a partnership with several communities in rural South Africa, thanks to a grant from Rotary International that will be announced Monday, Dec, 13 in a news conference at Housatonic Community College. The grant will be used, in part, to help with the creation of an early childhood education lab school lab school in the Royal Bakofeng area of the country. (HCC has a nationally acclaimed lab school that President Clinton has described as “what every child in America needs.”) A six-member team from Bridgeport, including HCC Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator Laurie Noe, will visit the country next month to collaborate with a group of South African early childhood education specialists. With grant funding, that group will visit Bridgeport later in March to see Bridgeport early childhood organizations in action and attend three full days of on-campus observations, workshops and discussions at HCC. Other features of the grant will be online courses for Bridgeport and South African ECE specialists through HCC, and an online discussion board that will link HCC’s lab school with the new lab school being set up in South Africa.  The news conference will take place at 10 a.m. in the Administrative Conference Room in the Presidential Suite on the second floor of Lafayette Hall. Speakers will include Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, HCC President Anita T. Gliniecki, and Julianne Reppenhagen, governor of Rotary International District 7980.

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at: <> .

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.