News Release
March 7, 2011
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HCC Prof. To Receive Award April 8
Early Childhood Education Program Lauded

TRUMBULL – Housatonic Community College’s Dr. Laurie Noe of Bethel, coordinator of the college’s early childhood education program, will accept an award April 8 for support given to the area’s early childhood education community.  

Noe will receive Cooperative Educational Services’ (C.E.S.) “Success through Educational Partnerships” (STEP) award “in recognition of the guidance and training you and your staff provided to prepare school readiness preschool teachers to serve as mentors for aspiring early childhood education teachers,” said C.E.S. Executive Director Evan Pitkoff. Noe was nominated for the award by Linda Page, director of C.E.S’s school readiness preschool program.

STEP awards are given to individuals and organizations that go above and beyond to support C.E.S. in its mission to identify and provide quality education opportunities for educators, students and communities, Pitkoff said.

Noe will accept the award at an April 8 ceremony.

HCC offers associate degrees in early childhood education, including a special education option. In addition, the college offers early childhood education, Childhood Development Associate preparation and infant/toddler certificates.

HCC maintains a state-of-the-art early childhood laboratory school that provides a high-quality, pre-school program for the children of students, faculty, staff and the community, and serves as a laboratory setting for HCC’s Early Childhood Education Program. The school received accolades from President Clinton, who described it as “what every child in America needs.”

Created over 40 years ago by Connecticut legislature, C.E.S. is one of six regional educational service centers (RESCs). Its goal is to provide innovative, cutting edge programs and services to meet the demands of Fairfield County school districts and communities.

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 Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.