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July 15, 2022

CT colleges poised for major expansion of tech-skills programs

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Terrence Cheng.

Seven colleges across the state will launch new technology programs as part of an effort to boost the state’s tech workforce and support an industry Connecticut sees as a major growth opportunity.

The schools were awarded grants to launch the new programs from the state’s Tech Talent Accelerator program, which aims to close the skills gap by fostering targeted partnerships between business and higher education in emerging, high-demand tech skills. Areas of focus include cybersecurity, virtual modeling, software development, and digital analytics.

“Bringing our educators to the same table as our businesses has been a priority of our administration since day one,” Gov. Ned Lamont said. “Having businesses articulate what types of skills they need and working with Connecticut’s best educational institutions to create new programs that put people in high-quality careers is how we are building a nation-leading workforce.”

The seven Tech Talent Accelerator grantees and their focus areas are:

  • Quinnipiac University, which will launch an advanced cybersecurity badging program tailored to industry partners in healthcare, finance, and tech in central and southern Connecticut.
  • University of Bridgeport, which will provide a new 12-week course in cybersecurity and information security tailored to businesses in southwest Connecticut’s finance and tech sectors.
  • Mitchell College, which will develop an accelerated pathway for cybersecurity skills tailored to the advanced manufacturing and defense sector.
  • University of Hartford, which will launch an accelerated software development course for mobile apps tailored to major businesses in the Greater Hartford area championed by global tech firm Infosys.
  • University of New Haven, which will develop an embedded game design and simulation development program leveraging skills augmented and virtual reality in collaboration with SphereGen, Arsome, and Pleiadian.
  • University of St. Joseph, which will develop a degree concentration in data analytics tailored to the regional needs of Greater Hartford employers championed by global tech firm CGI.
  • Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), which will launch a dedicated community of practice to collaborate with businesses through the Capital Area Tech Partnership and the Southwest Connecticut Tech Partnership. CSCU faculty from two and four-year institutions will directly work with each partnership to analyze jobs and skills demand data and develop a refreshed program with cross-cutting digital skills built off of the success of the newly released Foundations in Digital Analytics micro-credential backed by Connecticut businesses.

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