Register for Winter Session at Tunxis

Posted by Melissa Lamar - December 17, 2014 -

Tunxis Community College is offering accelerated credit courses during a Winter Session which runs December 29-January 16.
Registration is currently under way and will be accepted through Dec. 29, prior to the registrant’s first scheduled class. Three-credit courses meet Monday through Friday during the two weeks at a very accelerated pace. There are no classes Dec. 31 & Jan. 1. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 860.773.1490. Visit tunxis.edu/credit-schedule to view courses. New students can enroll by mail, fax, or in person. Records Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; closed Dec. 25 & 26.
Accounting, art appreciation, art history, computer information systems, dental assisting, economics, finance, U.S. history, mathematics, public speaking, and intermediate Spanish are among the courses, many of which are offered online.
From fine arts, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. For more information on Tunxis programs, call 860.773.1300, or visit the website at tunxis.edu. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.
 

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Tunxis Professor Represents BOR at White House Summit

Posted by Melissa Lamar - December 5, 2014 - Karen Wosczyna-Birch, Ed.D., is professor of applied science at Tunxis.

 
Karen Wosczyna-Birch, Ed.D.
BOR’S COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES COMMITMENT TO EXPAND COLLEGE ACCESS DURING WHITE HOUSE EVENT
(Hartford, Conn.) —Dr. Karen Wosczyna-Birch, director of the College of Technology and executive director of the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing at the Board of Regents for Higher Education, joined President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joseph Biden, along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders on Thursday, Dec. 4, to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.
The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helps to support the president’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.
The Board of Regents has committed to sponsoring and facilitating outreach initiatives that encourage underrepresented students to pursue college education in science, technology, education and manufacturing (STEM) disciplines. Participants were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas: building networks of colleges around promoting completion, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, and increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
“We commend Dr. Wosczyna-Birch’s commitment to this initiative and the many students she supports through her work for the Connecticut College of Technology, the National Science Foundation Center of Excellence, and the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing,” said Tunxis Community College President Cathryn L. Addy, Ph.D. “We are also grateful for her contributions as a Tunxis professor and wish her success in helping increase interest and participation in STEM careers across our system.”
“Connecticut state colleges and universities play a significant role in the intersection between higher education and economic development,” said Gregory Gray, President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education.  “It is essential that we continue to align education with workforce development needs to help young people complete college in a timely manner and be trained for the 21st century workforce. I applaud President Obama for convening these stakeholders and thank him for his commitment to higher education and economic growth.”
The Connecticut College of Technology is a statewide initiative that focuses on creating educational pathways for students to earn certificates, associate of science and bachelor of science degrees in engineering science and technology studies. As part of the effort to increase participation in STEM by women and underrepresented minorities, the Connecticut College of Technology’s Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (COT-RCNGM) commits to sponsor and facilitate outreach initiatives that specifically encourage these students to pursue a college education in STEM disciplines.
The COT-RCNGM — a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence administered by Tunxis Community College in Farmington — will launch dedicated outreach to encourage women and underrepresented minorities to consider available careers in STEM, impacting more than 8,000 students. By holding high school manufacturing expos, guidance counselor workshops, and creating marketing materials featuring female and underrepresented students as role models, the COT-RCNGM will introduce high school students to career opportunities available in STEM. Through these initiatives, more than 8,000 students will be able to see first-hand that STEM careers are for anyone who has an interest in the fields.
President Obama announced new steps on how his Administration is helping support these actions, including announcing $10 million to help promote college completion and a $30 million AmeriCorps program that will improve low-income students’ access to college.  Today’s event is the second College Opportunity Day of Action, and will include a progress report on the commitments made at the first day of action on January 14, 2014.
Expanding opportunity for more students to enroll and succeed in college, especially low-income and underrepresented students, is vital to building a strong economy and a strong middle class.  Today, only 9 percent of those born in the lowest family income quartile attain a bachelor’s degree by age 25, compared to 54 percent in the top quartile. In an effort to expand college access, the Obama Administration has increased Pell scholarships by $1,000 a year, created the new American Opportunity Tax Credit worth up to $10,000 over four years of college, limited student loan payments to 10 percent of income, and laid out an ambitious agenda to reduce college costs and promote innovation and competition.
 
For Immediate Release: December 5, 2014
 
Michael Kozlowski
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
Board of Regents for Higher Education
860.723.0261 (W)
860.719.2136 (C)
kozlowskim@ct.edu
 
 
 

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Tunxis Helps Its Communities During CT’s Public Service Week

Posted by Melissa Lamar - November 10, 2014 - In photo (left to right): Tunxis Community Outreach Club’s Corina Scagliola, Barbara Turner, Chelsea Armistead, Andrew Albert, and Club Advisor Marie Clucas, Ph.D., were among those from the Tunxis community who participated in “Connecticut Make a Difference Week.” The group assembled and donated 25 large bags of toiletries for St. Vincent de Paul Mission Shelter in Bristol.

 
In photo (left to right): Tunxis Community Outreach Club’s Corina Scagliola, Barbara Turner, Chelsea Armistead, Andrew Albert, and Club Advisor Marie Clucas, Ph.D., were among those from the Tunxis community who participated in “Connecticut Make a Difference Week.” The group assembled and donated 25 large bags of toiletries for St. Vincent de Paul Mission Shelter in Bristol.
Students and faculty of Tunxis Community College in Farmington engaged in service to the community Oct. 19-25 during “Connecticut Make a Difference Week.”
Activities at Tunxis during the week included the following:
•  The Human Services Club and program  held an event on campus for young mothers and fathers from New Britain in which they toured Tunxis, learned about Admissions, financial aid and Tunxis Early Childhood Center, and attended a class to experience what it is like to attend college.
• The Community Outreach Club collected donations of travel-sized toiletries which they included in bags they assembled and donated to St. Vincent de Paul Mission Shelter in Bristol.
• The Human Services club donated the proceeds from a bake sale to Kyla’s Kids Fund, to benefit the children of a Tunxis student who was slain over the summer by her husband in a murder-suicide.
• The Alpha Iota Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa started a book drive in support of early literacy for the “Read to Grow” program.
•  An art class held a food drive which they used to draw still lifes in class before donating 123 pounds of non-perishable food to the Plainville Food Pantry.
Connecticut’s public service week, designated as CT Public Higher Education Make a Difference Week—aims to piggyback on the “National Make a Difference Day” campaign and showcase the commitment of the state’s public higher education institutions to a wide range of service activities. The week-long series of public service activities initiated by Tunxis and the other public colleges and universities around the state highlighted the diverse number of community involvement efforts ongoing throughout the year that promote civic engagement, develop students’ citizenship skills, forge community partnerships and integrate service learning and volunteering.
Tunxis contributes service through a diverse range of programs, student club projects and alternative break trips that engage students annually in service to local, state, national and international communities. The diverse range of projects over the years have included providing dental hygiene services for uninsured Connecticut residents, several Native American reservations, and South American populations without access to dental care; enlisting as mentor-tutors in the Bristol Public Schools, volunteering for Hands on Hartford’s Peter’s Retreat program, in which students donated food, cooked, and served meals for 25 homeless men and women living with HIV/AIDS; and volunteering at Imagine Nation Museum and Urban Oaks Organic Farm.
Located in Farmington, Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need.  For more on Tunxis programs, please call 860.773.1300, or visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tunxis and EDAC Technologies Partner to Deliver Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology Certificate

Posted by Melissa Lamar - October 6, 2014 -

Tunxis Community College has partnered with EDAC Technologies of Cheshire to offer an Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology Certificate which provides machine operator training and responds to Connecticut manufacturer demand for a workforce with advanced skills.
“Tunxis is very pleased and excited to team with EDAC in addressing a critical workforce need,” said David England, Ed.D., Tunxis dean of institutional outreach and effectiveness. “As we all know, the manufacturing industry is facing a shortage of skilled workers, and this program is designed to help address that demand and be a catalyst for economic development in the state.”
“The Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology Program has strategic importance to EDAC,” said Mark McDonald, president and CEO of EDAC. “Our forecasted business growth, driven by strong customer demand, requires the continued development of manufacturing resources and skillsets. This program will provide the vehicle to address that demand as well as supporting economic growth in Connecticut.”
Accredited by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program will start in January and includes classroom instruction and hands-on shop floor training at EDAC. Instruction will provide skills in Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machining, tool making, programming inspection, and other areas, and will be delivered at an accelerated pace which enables students to complete the program’s one-year curriculum in about six months.
After the initial six months of training, EDAC will offer six-month paid internships to selected students, followed by two-year company sponsored apprenticeships. During this period students can choose from a number of specialty areas and work at EDAC’s Farmington, Cheshire or Newington sites. All graduates of the program will be qualified for entry-level manufacturing positions, with starting salaries around $40,000 a year.
Credits from the certificate can be applied to an associate degree in Technology Studies: Machine Technology. Those who successfully complete the associate degree will be guaranteed admission to Central Connecticut State University’s School of Technology or Charter Oak State College, where students can earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology, industrial technology or technology education.
To apply, please contact Victor Mitchell, director of Business & Industry Services at Tunxis, at 860.314.4700 or vmitchell@tunxis.edu. One of the application requirements includes the completion of a standard intake process at EDAC. Financial aid and payment plans are available for those students who qualify.
From technology, business and health to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis Community College offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. For more information on programs at Tunxis, call 860.255.3500, or visit tunxis.edu.
EDAC Technologies is a world leader in the manufacture and repair of metallic and composite aircraft engine components. EDAC’s additional services include machine tool support, electron beam welding and the design and manufacture of high-precision molds, fixtures, gauges, and dies for a wide range of applications. EDAC operates 10 facilities, with locations in the United States and Mexico. For more information on EDAC, visit www.edactechnologies.com.
 

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James Smith to Speak About Connecticut’s Growth at Tunxis Economic Conference

Posted by Melissa Lamar - September 11, 2014 - JamesCSmith rgb

James C. Smith, chairman and CEO of Webster Bank, will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Economic Conference of Tunxis Community College Foundation on October 9, from 8:30-10 a.m. at Farmington Club in Farmington. A tax-deductible donation is requested.
Smith will speak on “What Connecticut Can Do to Begin Growing Again,” reviewing the current state of the Connecticut economy and his perspective on how to grow the state’s economy more quickly. Proceeds from the fundraising breakfast will support student scholarships and special projects at Tunxis Community College.
Smith joined Webster in 1975, and was appointed CEO in 1987 and chairman in 1995. He is co-chairman of the American Bankers Council. Smith also serves as chairman of the Financial Services Roundtable Corporate Social Responsibility team after completing a three-year term on the FSR board. He is actively involved in the Midsize Banks Coalition of America, and is a past member of the Federal Advisory Council, which advises the deliberations of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Smith also serves on the board of Saint Mary’s Health System in Waterbury.
Pratt & Whitney, Stanley Black & Decker and Webster Bank are Platinum sponsors of the breakfast. Sponsorship levels are still available for companies and small businesses. Ads can also be purchased for the program book. Individual admission is $75 and includes a hot breakfast. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 1. Reservations can be made online at www.tunxisfoundation.org. For more information, please call 860.773.1357; or email tx-foundation@tunxis.edu.  
Located in Farmington, Tunxis Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting the students, programs and projects of Tunxis for over 40 years. It is managed by a board of directors composed of business and community leaders. Visit Tunxis on the Internet at www.tunxisfoundation.org and www.tunxis.edu.

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New Professional Development Workshops this Fall at Tunxis

Posted by Melissa Lamar - September 3, 2014 -

Tunxis Community College will offer an array of non-credit career workshops for working professionals this fall. For more information on these and other courses, visit tunxis.edu/cesched, or call 860.314.4700.
Rebooting Your Career and Life, Friday, Sept. 19:
Career coach and counselor Eleta Jones, Ph.D., LPC, will help participants rediscover their core strengths and career and life focus. She brings more than 30 years of experience as a career coach and counselor to her work in the non-profit, for-profit and government sectors. Fee: $99.
Influencing Without Authority, Friday, Oct. 17:
Learn how to use influence and persuasion skills to gain commitment and cooperation. With more than 35 years of experience as a trainer and consultant in professional development and organizational effectiveness, Deanne Shapiro has also served as an adjunct instructor at colleges in Hartford and Rhode Island. Fee: $99.
Take Charge of Your Reputation, Friday, Oct. 24:
How someone sees themselves is rarely the way others see them. With guidance from acclaimed leadership coach Ann Gowdey, participants will reflect on the values and the personal or professional legacy they want to build and learn to manage their reputation. Fee: $99.
Don’t Let Gender Bias Come Between You and Your Goals, Friday, Nov. 7:
Executive and leadership coach Ann Gowdey will share how to neutralize gender bias personally and professionally. During her 25 years in the field, Gowdey has coached hundreds of people in Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 businesses. She is a sought-after speaker. Fee: $99.
All classes are held on campus in Farmington. For more information on these and other courses, visit tunxis.edu/continuing.

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Afternoon of Poetry and Music With Brian Turner

Posted by Melissa Lamar - August 27, 2014 - turner10 bw

Tunxis invites the community to an Afternoon of Poetry and Music with celebrated author Brian Turner, this year’s touring poet for the Connecticut Poetry Circuit, on Thursday, October 29, from 12-1 p.m. in Founders Hall. A discussion and book signing will follow the reading. Free, with jazz music and light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase. 
Turner’s latest book, “My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir,” (Jonathan Cape/Random House UK, W.W. Norton & Co., 2014) recounts in detail his war experience in Iraq, from predeployment to combat and the aftermath. 
His two collections of poetry, bestselling “Here, Bullet” (Alice James Bookes, 2005; Bloodaxe Books, 2007) and “Phantom Noise” (Alice James Books, Bloodaxe Books, 2010) have been published and translated in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, and Swedish. Turner has received dozens of awards and other recognition for “Phantom Noise,” including the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the 2006 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Poetry, the 2007 Poet’s Prize, and an “Editor’s Choice” selection from The New York Times. His poetry and essays have been published in The New York Times, National Geographic, Poetry Daily, and other journals. 
Turner earned a master of fine arts degree from the University of Oregon before serving for seven years in the U.S. Army. He was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Prior to that, he served in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division. He directs the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College and serves as a contributing editor at literary magazine The Normal School. 
The event is part of an ongoing Tunxis Humanities Series offered throughout the year. For more information, contact Carol Mahmood at 860.773.1624 or cmahmood@tunxis.edu. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. For map and directions, visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu/directions. 
 

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Tunxis English as a Second Language Program Provides Non-Native Speakers Path to a Degree —With Translation in Español and Poliski

Posted by Melissa Lamar - August 14, 2014 -

El Programa de Inglés como Lengua Extranjera de Tunxis Da Gente que no Son Angloparlantes una Manera de Obtener un Título.  
El Programa de Inglés como Lengua Extranjera de Tunxis Community College ayuda hablantes no nativos de inglés mejorar su comunicación y entendimiento de inglés mientras preparan a continuar su estudios universitarios.
El programa, que puede ser terminado en un año (depende de nivel), ayuda alumnos adquiere habilidades de hablar, escuchar, escribir y leer en inglés.  Créditos de ESL pueden ser aplicados hacia un título de Tunxis o hacia títulos de otras universidades.
Tunxis ofrece clases matutinas y nocturnas, y tutoría gratis.  Ayuda financiara es disponible para quienes califiquen.
!Pueden inscribir ya!  Clases para otoño empiezan 27 de agosto. Para recibir más información, llame: 860.773.1490.
Ubicado en Farmington, Tunxis ofrece más de 60 títulos y certificados, dando la habilidad de pensar críticamente y resolver problemas que preparan alumnos para transferir a un buen trabajo o a una universidad que dé un bachillerato.  Visite el sitio de web: tunxis.edu.
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Progam nauki jezyka angielskiego w Tunxis pierwszym krokiem do zdobycia dyplomu. 
Program nauki jezyka angielskiego (ESL) w Tunxis Community College pomoże ci poprawić swoje umiejętności komunikacyjne i rozumienie języka angielskiego oraz przygotuje cie do kontynuacji nauki w collegu.
Program ten można ukonczyc w ciagu roku, w zaleznosci od  umieszczenia w programie. Zdobyj umiejętności w zakresie czytania, pisania, rozumienia ze słuchu i mówienia. Kredyty mogą być wykorzystane do uzyskania dyplomu w Tunxis lub w innym  univerystecie.
Małe klasy prowadzone w dzień i wieczorem przez dedykowanych nauczycieli. Dla kwalifikujacych sie pomoc finansowa lub splaty w ratach.
Rejestracja na semestr jesienny 2014 jest w toku. Aby uzyskać wiecej informacji prosimy o kontakt z Biurem Rekrutacji: 860.773.1490.
Tunxis znajuje sie w mieście Farmington i oferuje ponad 60 programow i certifikatow oraz zapewnia nauke krytycznego myślenia i umiejętności rozwiązywania problemów, te zas przygotowują studentów do dalszej nauki w univerytetach 4-letnich I daja mozliwosc zatrudnieia na rynku pracy.
Odwiedź stronę internetową Tunxis: tunxis.edu.
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Tunxis English as a Second Language Program Provides Non-Native Speakers Path to a Degree
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Tunxis Community College helps non-native speakers improve their communication skills and understanding of the English language while preparing to continue their college studies. 
The program, which can be finished in as soon as a year depending on placement, helps students acquire skills in reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking. ESL course credits can be applied to an associate’s degree at Tunxis or to degrees at other colleges and universities.
Tunxis offers day and evening classes, and free ESL tutoring. Financial aid and payment plans are available for those who qualify.
Fall 2014 semester registration is under way. For information on how to apply and register, contact the Admissions Office at 860.773.1490.
Located in Farmington, Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. Visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu.
 
 

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Writers Bessy Reyna and John Stanizzi Among those Featured in “Bend in the River” Series at Tunxis

Posted by Melissa Lamar - August 12, 2014 -

Celebrated writers Bessy Reyna and John Stanizzi will lead two workshops this fall as part of Tunxis Community College’s “Bend in the River” series.
• Writing Your Memoir, Sat., Sept. 27: Poet and former Hartford Courant columnist, Bessy Reyna will conduct a one-day workshop on memoir writing. Through guided discussions and exercises, she will help participants build a foundation that will support their efforts to explore and capture significant life moments. Reyna has led memoir writing workshops at the Mark Twain House, the Hill-Stead Museum, and many other venues. Her bilingual poetry collection “Memoirs of the Unfaithful Lover” was published by tunAstral press, Mexico. Her work has also appeared in literary magazines and anthologies throughout the United States and Latin America. Fee: $95
• Poetry Reading and Writing, Sat., Oct. 18: A one-day workshop for those who want to hone their skills in reading and writing poetry, with teacher, author and poet John Stanizzi. Stanizzi will help workshop participants become more adept at close reading, gain a better grasp of some great poems, and create their own draft of a potential poem or two. Stanizzi is the author of “Ecstasy Among Ghosts,” now in its fourth printing, “Sleepwalking,” “Windows,” “Dance Against the Wall,” and “After the Bell.” Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, in 1998 Stanizzi was named The New England Poet of the Year by The New England Association of Teachers of English. He teaches English at Manchester Community College and Bacon Academy. Fee: $95
“Bend in the River” is a series of short non-credit courses for those who love to learn and experience new challenges. With no exams or grades to worry about, courses are designed for intellectual stimulation and enrichment, and include offerings such as arts, music, film, health, and social networking. All classes are held on campus in Farmington. For more information on these and other courses, visit tunxis.edu/bend, or call 860.314.4700.
 

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Register for Fall Semester at Tunxis

Posted by Melissa Lamar - August 5, 2014 -

Credit Registration for the fall 2014 semester is under way at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. For information on how to apply and register, contact the Admissions Office at 860.773.1490, or visit tunxis.edu/apply. Late registration will take place August 25.
Tunxis offers over 60 associate degrees and certificates that prepare students for transfer to four-year degrees and transition into the workforce with such programs as business; computer information systems; early childhood education; engineering; criminal justice; graphic design; human services; liberal arts and sciences; and technology.Financial aid and payment plans are available for those full- and part-time credit students who qualify.
For those who seek the flexibility of learning off-campus, online courses are also available.
Continuing education (non-credit) registration is ongoing, offering career training for professions such as certified nurse aide; registered medical assistant; phlebotomy technician; pharmacy technician; central sterile processing technician; veterinary assistant, patient care technician; EKG technician; and medical billing & coding. Many of these programs are approved for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding through the Connecticut Department of Labor. Professional development and personal interest courses are also available. For continuing education courses, there are a variety of convenient ways to register.
Tunxis Community College is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177. Visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu.

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