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July 23, 2020

Lamont to announce $5.6M for manufacturing programs at Tunxis

Photo | Tunxis Community College/Twitter Tunxis Community College acquired a nearby building earlier this year to house its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday morning will announce a $5.6-million investment to support advanced manufacturing and emerging technology programs at Tunxis Community College in Farmington.

The announcement comes after the State Bonding Commission on Tuesday approved $5.6 million for renovations to a 44,000-square-foot former manufacturing building adjacent to Tunxis' campus the school bought from the state in March. 

Tunxis initially plans to renovate 10,000 square feet of it to house its advanced manufacturing technology programs. The building is on six acres at 21 Spring Lane.

The machine technology and electro-mechanical maintenance technology programs Tunxis introduced in 2018 will continue to operate in existing space until the new center is completed.

A public event will be held Thursday morning at Tunxis to announce the newly-approved funds. It will also be the first public event featuring Kelli-Marie Vallieres since she was hired to lead the recently-formed Connecticut Workforce Unit.

The new office is under the auspices of the Department of Economic and Community Development. It will collaborate with DECD, and the Department of Labor to advise the governor and other state officials on workforce strategies and initiatives. It will work with educators, businesses and other stakeholders to develop policies, programs and curricula that are accessible to residents, and teach skills employers need in employees.

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