Sept. 5, 2012


Public Forum 9/21 at HCC
Input on Role of Community Colleges, HCC

Open to the Public

BRIDGEPORT - Housatonic Community College Sept. 21 will hold a public forum to gather input about the role HCC should play in the community.

The event will feature a panel discussion by a list of business, educational and governmental officials that includes Dr. Robert A. Kennedy, president of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education; Dr. James W. Schmotter, president of Western Connecticut State University; Margaret Hiller, president of the Bridgeport Public Education Foundation; State Sen. Beth Bye (D-5th Dist.), Chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee; State Rep. Andres Ayala (D-128th Dist.), an instructor in the Bridgeport school system, and Kathy Saint, owner and president of the Bridgeport-based Schwerdtle Stamp Company. A question–and-answer session will be held to record public comment.

“With HCC and Connecticut’s other community colleges, taking on an increasingly important role in our communities and State, we need to be sure our resources – financial and human – are devoted to address the most pressing needs” said Acting Dean of Community Outreach Ed Becker, who is spearheading the event and the HCC strategic planning process.

“This forum will provide us with a clear, up-to-date picture of those needs and help us determine our strategic priorities for at least the next three years,”

Becker stressed that the focus will be on both credit and non-credit programs, including continuing education courses and customized workforce development programs offered at area businesses, nonprofits and government agencies.
The forum will also solicit public comment about the college’s new regional Advanced Manufacturing Center, which serves a 43-town service area between the New York state line and the Connecticut River, north to the Middletown, Meriden, Waterbury and Danbury areas. The center’s first offering, a two-certificate Advanced Manufacturing Program, debuted Aug. 29. A second section of the program starts Oct. 1.

The forum will be held from 8:30 to noon in the HCC Events Center in Beacon Hall.

Housatonic 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 Harbor Yard sports complex..

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Anson C. Smith, Public Relations Coordinator
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Tel: 203-332-5229, Fax: 203-332-5247