Governor Lamont points to study ranking Connecticut as the state with the best community college system in the nation, encourages prospective students to enroll before the start of the fall semester next week

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08/23/2022

Governor Lamont points to study ranking Connecticut as the state with the best community college system in the nation, encourages prospective students to enroll before the start of the fall semester next week


WATCH: Press conference on Connecticut’s top ranking among community colleges

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont hosted an event in Hartford today with officials and students from Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCUs) to mark the release of a recent WalletHub study ranking Connecticut as the state with the best community college system in the United States.

Additionally, the governor announced that the deadline for receiving funding from PACT, Connecticut’s free community college program, has been extended. Any student who otherwise meets program qualifications and enrolls in classes this semester will receive PACT funding. Prospective students are encouraged to to register at a community college prior to the start of fall semester classes on August 29, 2022.

“We have made significant investments in our community colleges over the past two years, and we are seeing positive results,” Governor Lamont said. “We have the number one community college system in the country and a comprehensive free community college program. There has never been a better time for students to enroll and pursue a degree or certificate in an in-demand career. »

For the first time, the fiscal year 2023 budget that Governor Lamont signed into law earlier this year allows part-time students taking six or more credits per semester to qualify for PACT.

“Our community colleges have something for everyone,” CSCU President Terrence Cheng said. “For those looking to train for in-demand jobs, we have programs that can take you from classroom to career in just weeks. For those looking for associate degrees, we have programs in everything from healthcare to technology to STEM that can translate directly into great work. For students looking for a four-year degree, community colleges are a great place to start. PACT gives students the opportunity to earn an associate degree for free and transfer seamlessly to one of our Connecticut State Universities. In short, you can save tens of thousands of dollars on a bachelor’s degree.

Beginning in July 2023, the state’s 12 community colleges will become Connecticut State Community College (CT State). Students beginning their studies at a current college this year will automatically be enrolled as CT State students for the fall 2023 semester, and all current locations will remain open and fully operational.

“For students beginning their path to a degree, training for careers in new sectors or industries, and even those who need skills to help launch new businesses, this is the right place to be,” CT State Chairman John Maduko said. “Community colleges in Connecticut not only provide quality, affordable education, but we open doors to new opportunities and help break cycles of poverty and stagnant careers.”

To learn more about PACT eligibility or to apply today, visit ct.edu/apply.

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