Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday that more than $37 million in capital improvement projects for the state's community colleges will be placed on the agenda for next week's State Bond Commission meeting.
The funding, paid for by additional state borrowing, will be directed to a variety of projects including new instructional, research, and laboratory equipment for all 12 colleges; the development of information technology networks; and renovation and construction projects.
"Our state's community and state colleges play an integral role in our effort to train the workforce of tomorrow," Malloy said in a statement. "The investments we are announcing today will help our state and community colleges update and modernize their facilities, so that our students can compete in the global economy."
Philip E. Austin, interim president for the Board of Regents for Higher Education said in statement the inclusion of the projects on this month's bond agenda "is great news for our community colleges. Much of this funding will help to advance and develop the IT network and capabilities throughout the system, and allow our community colleges to focus on deferred maintenance projects to help keep our existing buildings in better shape, and enrich the community college experience for our students."
Malloy's proposal in late January for a $2 billion long-term science and technology initiative at the University of Connecticut had left some educators in the state university and community college system feeling slighted.