Annual Legislative Breakfast

Connecticut Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz and Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff were among the 18 Connecticut legislators to attend NCC’s annual Legislative Breakfast on March 6.

The event was held in the Culinary Arts Dining Room, where NCC Culinary and Hospitality Management students prepared and served a large breakfast buffet to early morning guests, many of whom had driven from Hartford.

NCC President David L. Levinson, Ph.D. and Moira Lyons, NCC Director of Community and Government Relations, briefed legislators on the need for adequate state funding to ensure the college can sustain the higher education and workforce training services upon which students rely, and on which the future of Connecticut substantially depends. They stressed Norwalk Community College’s role in providing added value to the state and educating workers for its growing technology and manufacturing sectors.

 According to a 2018 analysis by Emsi on The Economic Value of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), “For every $1 invested in NCC, Connecticut will gain $10.80 in added state revenue and social savings.” Emsi reports that NCC contributes $552.5 million in total annual income to the Shoreline West region of Connecticut.

Mark E. Ojakian, President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), discussed the gradual implementation of Students First, a plan to consolidate the state’s 12 community colleges into a single, accredited institution by 2023. The plan is expected to save the system more than $17 million per year.