Gomes: Housatonic Community College To Receive Major Overhaul Thanks To State Funding
Senator Ed Gomes (D-Bridgeport) welcomed the State Bond Commission’s approval for funding to renovate Bridgeport’s Housatonic Community College, which will help to create or retain over 600 jobs.
“The renovations that will take place at Housatonic will be unlike anything we have seen at any of our city colleges and universities,” said Sen. Gomes. “These structural upgrades will have a profound, positive impact on the way current students view Housatonic, giving them a greater sense of pride in themselves and their school. Equipping classrooms with the latest technology, designing a new Academic Support Center and expanding student services will give new life to the 18 year-old building.”
“As Housatonic Community College grows, so do opportunities for access to quality secondary education for Bridgeport area residents,” said State Representative Ezequiel Santiago (D-Bridgeport). “The need has presented itself, so I applaud the Board of Regents and the governor for making this investment in preparing our workforce.”
“If I had to use one word to describe today’s decision, it would be transformational,” said Housatonic President Dr. Paul Broadie II. “The renovations to Lafayette Hall and the addition to the building will transform the delivery of service and programs for our students and the community. Plans are underway to enhance our existing programs as well as develop new academic programs, particularly in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) field. Housatonic Community College is and will continue to serve as a premiere community resource for education, training, and the enhancement of the lives of our students and the community as a whole. The new facility will have a profound impact on the college, the community, the students we serve, and the future generations of students that will attend Housatonic Community College. I thank the governor, members of the Bond Commission and the Board of Regents for their support.”
“Housatonic Community College provides critical higher education opportunities for hundreds of people from the Bridgeport community each and every year,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “This funding to renovate the facilities at the school will help ensure that its students continue receiving a top-notch education that provides them with the skills needed to succeed in a 21st Century economy.”
A four-story addition will be built between Lafayette Boulevard and the current front entrance to the college, as well as renovations within Lafayette Hall. The renovations and expansion will include new art studios, specialized classrooms, science laboratory renovations and health career program laboratory classrooms.