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September 17, 2021

UHart opens center for advanced engineering and healthcare

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED The University of Hartford campus.

The University of Hartford last week officially opened its new 60,000-square-foot center for advanced engineering and healthcare.

The Francis X. and Nancy Hursey Center for Advanced Engineering and Health Professions is equipped with specialized technology for training in the engineering and healthcare fields, UHart said. Students in the university's College of Engineering, College of Technology and Architecture and College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions will all take courses in the building.

With the Hursey Center -- part of $58 million in recent construction projects at the university -- UHart will be able to meet demand for job training in fields important to workforce development in Connecticut, UHart Board Chair David Gordon said.

“For years, our state and our region have had a high need for workers with advanced skills in high-growth industries, including aerospace, nursing, robotics, and physical therapy,” Gordon said.

The new center holds laboratories and classrooms, and includes a health simulation suite and spaces dedicated to studying subjects like strength and conditioning, health and physical assessment, and functional and physical rehabilitation.

Engineering and technology-focused facilities include spaces for robotics, 3D-printing, high-bay structural engineering and cybersecurity labs.

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