Governor Lamont Announces Seven New Technology Education Programs at Public and Private Colleges and Universities in Connecticut
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced the creation of seven new technology education programs at public and private colleges and universities in Connecticut. The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) and the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), in partnership with the Connecticut Office of Workforce Strategy and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, awarded grants to seven business-education partnerships college in Connecticut as part of an initiative to rapidly increase the competitiveness of post-secondary institutions in the state and meet growing business demand for technology skills.
The initiative, Tech Talent Accelerator, was funded by the Connecticut Tech Talent Fund (administered by the Connecticut Department of Community and Economic Development) to address this skills gap by fostering targeted, high-performance partnerships between business and higher education. in high-level emerging countries. require technical skills in areas such as cybersecurity, virtual modeling, software development, and numerical analysis critical to growing businesses in the state.
The seven Tech Talent Accelerator grantees and their focus areas are:
- Quinnipiac Universitywhich will launch an advanced cybersecurity badge program tailored to healthcare, finance and technology industry partners in central and southern Connecticut.
- University of Bridgeportwhich will offer a new 12-week cybersecurity and information security course tailored to businesses in the finance and technology sectors in southwestern Connecticut.
- Mitchell Collegewhich will develop a fast track for cybersecurity skills suitable for the advanced manufacturing and defense sector.
- University of Hartfordwhich will launch an accelerated software development course for mobile applications suitable for large enterprises in the Greater Hartford area, championed by global technology company Infosys.
- University of New Havenwhich will develop an embedded game design and simulation development program leveraging augmented and virtual reality skills in collaboration with SphereGen, Arsome and Pleiadian.
- Saint Joseph Universitywhich will develop a data analytics degree concentration tailored to the regional needs of Greater Hartford employers, championed by global technology firm CGI.
- Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), which will launch a community of practice dedicated to collaborating with businesses through the Capital Area Tech Partnership and the Southwest Connecticut Tech Partnership. CSCU faculty from the two- and four-year institutions will work directly with each partnership to analyze job and skills demand data and develop an updated curriculum with cross-curricular digital skills building on the success of micro-information d recently released Foundations in Digital Analytics. by Connecticut companies.
“Bringing our educators to the same table as our businesses has been a priority of our administration since day one,” Governor Lamont said. “Having companies articulate the kinds of skills they need and working with Connecticut’s top educational institutions to create new programs that place people in high-quality careers is how we’re building a workforce- leading work at the national level.”
“The Connecticut Office of Workforce Strategy and the Governor’s Workforce Council have formed regional industry partnerships across the state, comprised of Connecticut’s top employers, articulating and aligning the skills they need to fill their most in-demand talent. “, Connecticut State Workforce Chief Dr. Kelli Vallieres said. “Connecticut needs technical workers to develop our 21st workforce of the century, and forming partnerships between tech employers and post-secondary institutions is a seamless way to ensure that we create organic talent pools that grow our economy.
“Technology talent is essential for businesses in all industries in Connecticut,” Martin Guay, vice president of business development for Stanley Black and Decker and co-chair of the Hartford-based Capital Area Tech Partnership, one of the state’s regional industry partnerships, said. “Tech Talent Accelerator is helping our state rapidly increase its ability to provide the talent needed to keep our businesses in Connecticut competitive. Through this investment, our entire business community will benefit from hiring diverse, well-educated and work-ready technology talent with the specific skills needed by our businesses through public higher education institutions and world-class independents of our state.
“CSCU is thrilled to be a part of this effort and greatly appreciates the resources and opportunity to invest in the professional development of our college and university faculty and staff,” CSCU President Terrence Cheng said. “Partnering with NEBHE, BHEF and regional industry partnerships will help CSCU institutions ensure their programs are aligned with business needs and that our students have the academic, technical and personal skills needed in the workforce. computer work.”
“Connecticut’s independent colleges look forward to supporting the state’s business community by developing new programs that provide education in high-tech and in-demand skills,” Jen Widness, president of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, said. “We are grateful for the partnership with the state, NEBHE, BHEF and CSCU in launching the Tech Talent Accelerator initiative.”