Housatonic Community College receives $1 million for manufacturing program





Bridgeport’s Housatonic Community College (HCC) received $1 million in federal funding to support its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

The project was selected by U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) from more than 80 applicants to be included in the omnibus appropriations bill that was signed into law last week by President Joe Biden. To date, HCC’s manufacturing program has already prepared more than 400 students.

“This investment in the HCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology program will allow us to leverage private sector dollars, provide important and needed updates to manufacturing labs, and expand our offerings to better serve and support our researchers,” said HCC CEO Dwayne Smith.

“Organizations like Housatonic give people the training, education and flexibility to get the jobs that are out there, to give them the skills that will allow them to be middle class,” Himes said. “It’s a community that really empowers young people, giving them the skills to live the American dream.”

Pictured: Housatonic Community College CEO Dwayne Smith (left) alongside members of the new Executive Advisory Board and U.S. Representative Jim Himes to announce $1 million in federal funding for the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center. Photo courtesy of HCC.






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