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Tunxis Provides Connecticut TSA Employees with Path to Degree

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - September 9, 2011 -

Tunxis Community College has been selected by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to offer a certificate in homeland security for its employees that can be applied toward an associate’s degree at Tunxis.
“We are pleased to partner with the Transportation Security Administration in offering this opportunity to Connecticut TSA employees, who are so vital in supporting security efforts statewide and nationally within our airports and transportation systems,” said Tunxis President Cathryn L. Addy, Ph.D.
Tunxis is the only college in Connecticut, and one of 50 community colleges from across the country participating in the training program, which encourages TSA employees to further their post-secondary education and attain credentials to advance in their careers.
The three-course certificate helps TSA employees fulfill their homeland security mission, and introduces concepts such as intelligence analysis, border security, and security management.
“This is a great program for security officers who want to advance their education and improve their career advancement opportunities while continuing to work for TSA,” said David Bassett, TSA federal security director at Bradley International Airport.  “Our people are our greatest asset and this program gives the workforce new skills and information that they can apply not only to their important work at TSA, but also to an associate’s degree if they so choose.”
Once employees finish the program, they receive a certificate from TSA and can apply their credits toward an associate degree in criminal justice or other programs at Tunxis. The College is developing a certificate in homeland security based on the curriculum, which Tunxis anticipates will be available to all students in the near future.
TSA employees are enrolled this fall in “Intro to Homeland Security,” taught by a 22-year veteran of law enforcement who is a sergeant with the local police, command sergeant major for the Army National Guard, and an assistant commander in the Hartford area SWAT team. “Intelligence Analysis & Security Management” and “Transportation and Border Security” are expected to be offered in spring and fall of 2012.
The three courses have been developed and funded by TSA and will be delivered at the Connecticut Fire Academy, about four miles from Bradley International Airport.
The TSA training program started in spring 2010 as a pilot for 11 airports and has since grown to all 50 states and over 75 airports within the United States. Over 3,500 TSA employees are expected to enroll nationally by this fall.
From business, 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. 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.commnet.edu.

 

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Engraved Bricks Can Be Reserved For Walkway of Buildings at Tunxis

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - August 19, 2011 -

Tunxis Alumni Association officers Helen Lozada, president, and Bryan Bonina, immediate past president, display one of several engraved bricks recently added to the walkway.
You or your company’s name can become a permanent part of campus at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. Engraved bricks along the walkway of the growing campus may be reserved through a monetary donation which will support student scholarships at the College.
“Through the generous donations we received, we were able to award scholarships to four hard-working, community-minded Tunxis students this past May,” said Helen Lozada, president of the Tunxis Community College Alumni Association. “Next year we hope we can support even more students in their struggles to achieve their dreams.”
The “Walk of Honor” is an ongoing fund-raiser of the TCC Alumni Association that began in 2007 before completion of the first phase of an impressive campus expansion at Tunxis. Phase II of construction is expected to start in fall 2011, which will add a new 56,000 square-foot classroom building to campus, bringing total square footage to 292,000.
To make a donation in honor of an individual or business, or for more information, call 860.255..3807 or email tx-alumni@tunxis.edu. Those who wish to view and print an order form may also visit the Tunxis web site at tunxis.commnet.edu/alumni.
 
 

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Tunxis Offers Motorcycle Education Classes Mandatory For New Motorcyclists

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - August 17, 2011 -

Tunxis Community College is offering Motorcycle Rider Education courses this fall in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Office of Highway Safety, required as of 2011 for applicants to obtain a new motorcycle license.
The Tunxis classes, which run in September and October, can be completed in as little as three days or two weekends in Farmington. Motorcycles are provided.
“Studies have shown that motorcycle rider training can reduce the chances of being in an accident,” said Angelo Santoro, Farmington site manager for the Tunxis Motorcycle Safety Program. “Courses are also a good refresher —they remind drivers to think about their riding skills and be more aware of road conditions and how to maneuver safely.”
Those who wish to sign up for motorcycle courses should hold a driver’s license or motorcycle permit and be physically able to operate a motorcycle. Students who successfully complete the course may also be eligible for a 10% insurance discount.
The Tunxis Motorcycle Safety Program is winner of the National Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Outstanding Community Training Sponsor Award.
For more information or a schedule of classes, call the Tunxis Motorcycle Safety Program at 860.255..3671, email tx-motorcycle-tunxis@tunxis.edu, or visit tunxis.commnet.edu/motorcycle. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.

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Gallery Exhibition Features Abstract Paintings by TCC Alumnus

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - August 16, 2011 -

Tunxis Community College invites the public to “Attaining Clarity Through Abstraction,” an exhibition of abstract paintings by Tunxis alumnus Jonathan Judd, August 16-September 7 in the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery. The opening reception is Tuesday, August 16, 4-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call 860.255..3661 or email William Kluba at wkluba@tunxis.edu.
Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.

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Tunxis Faculty and Staff Featured in New Book

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - August 5, 2011 -

"100 Days 2010" book cover
Carianne Mack Garside, assistant professor of fine arts and department chair of art and communication at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, announced the release of a new book she edited and published entitled “100 Days 2010.”
The 108-page volume contains a selection of the series of work that 22 of the finishers of the “100 Days” project completed as they engaged in a creative endeavor every day for 100 consecutive days from May 22-August 29, 2010.
Participants, who explored a variety of media including painting, photography, poetry, fiction writing, digital image manipulation, and film, took part in the artistic challenge from as far as South Africa and the United Kingdom while others created work during trips to Cuba and Japan.
Along with Garside, who resides in Burlington, Tunxis faculty and staff featured in the book, listed with town of residence, are: Maggie Carlin (Ducharme) (Collinsville), Steve Ersinghaus (West Simsbury), Kelli Newton Costa (Mount Vernon, NY), Carol Mack (Winsted), Colleen Richard (New Britain), Jessica Somers (Terryville), and John Timmons (Collinsville). Several Tunxis students, alumni and friends also participated.
The book is the second to be published on the annual project, which started in 2008. The finishers’ works were also featured in the spring 2011 exhibition “One Hundred Days: The Online Collaborative” at Hinterland Arts Space in Denver, CO.
For more on the 100 Days challenge, visit http://onehundreddays.net/. The book is available for viewing and purchase at http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2168814. All proceeds from the book are donated to charities selected by the participants.
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 860.255..3500, or visit the website at tunxis.commnet.edu. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.

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Tunxis Announces First Graduating Class of Registered Medical Assistant Program

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - August 3, 2011 -

Tunxis staff (in white coats, left and right) Shaina Hamel, L.P.N., lead instructor, and Cheryl Conaty, R.N., allied health coordinator, stand with the first graduating class of the registered medical assistant program. Graduates in shot are (L to R): Front row: Anna Polkowski, Karolina Ksepka, Nataliya Miniv, Elizabeth Cuentas, Erin Braddock, Zelpha Buelis-Fannon, Amanda Cybulski, Erin Pesino. Back row: Heather Ruzbasan, Erin Tavalozzi, Lindsey Faust, Michele Motta, Deena Pennito, Greg Kluk, Carla Ouellet, Adrienne Maker, Susan Roy, April Guzman, Jean Thomasen, Monica Mrosek, Carmena D’Amico, Ismail Abdullah, Justyna Adamczyk.
The first recognition ceremony for graduates of Tunxis Community College’s registered medical assistant (RMA) program was held July 28 on the College’s campus in Farmington.
The graduates received certificates and were pinned by Tunxis instructors, which marks the end of their 10-month education in the noncredit program and their eligibility to take the American Medical Technologists RMA national certification exam.
Three graduates were recognized for their academic performance during the ceremony. Greg Kluk, of New Britain, received distinction as the graduate with the highest grade point average. Leadership awards were presented to Carmena D’Amico of New Britain and Erin Pesino of Bristol.
The registered medical assistant program was first offered by Tunxis in fall 2010 and is one of several at the College that helps meet demand in Connecticut for health care workers. Registered medical assistants rank among the top 20 occupations expected to have the highest growth rate in Connecticut through 2018, with very good employment opportunities, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor.
In addition to the RMA certificate, Tunxis offers health care programs that center on certified nurse aide (CNA), dental hygiene, dental assisting, phlebotomy, patient care technician, central sterile processing technician, pharmacy technician, EMT, EKG technician, and medical billing & coding.
For more information on these and other programs, call 860.255..3500, or visit Tunxis at tunxis.commnet.edu.
BELOW: COMPLETE LIST OF 2011 CERTIFICATE RECIPIENTS OF TUNXIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S REGISTERED MEDICAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM, LISTED BY TOWN.
Bristol
Erin Braddock
Amanda Cybulski
Erin Pesino
Susan Roy
Jean Thomasen
Burlington
Carla Ouellet
Cromwell
Adrienne Maker
Farmington
Elizabeth Cuentas
Deena Pennito
New Britain
Justyna Adamczyk
Carmena D’Amico
Lindsey Faust
Gregory Kluk
Karolina Ksepka
Nataliya Miniv
Michele Motta
Anna Polkowski
Norwich
Ismail Abdullah
Plantsville
Erin Tavalozzi
Simsbury
Monica Mrosek
Southington
Kathryn Canzonetti
Zelpha Buelis-Fannon
Unionville
Heather Ruzbasan
West Hartford
April Guzman
 
 
 

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Gallery Exhibition on Western Chinese Culture

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - July 13, 2011 -

“The Silk Road,” an exhibition on the culture and people of China’s western Silk Road by Tunxis professor Christina Gotowka, is on display July 6-30 in the Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery. The opening reception is July 13, 4-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and by appointment. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bill Kluba at 860.255..3661 or wkluba@tunxis.edu. More is also available on the Tunxis website: http://site.tunxis.edu/news/2011/06/29/exhibition-on-china’s-silk-road-at-tunxis-gallery/
 

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Tunxis Announces Class of 2011 Graduates

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - July 5, 2011 -

The 40th Commencement of Tunxis Community College was held on June 1 in the College’s courtyard.
A total of 356 associate’s degrees and certificates were conferred upon 268 graduates (some graduates received multiple degrees, or both a degree and a certificate). Please see the graduate names for a complete list of degree and certificate recipients by town.
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, please call 860.255..3500, or visit Tunxis on the Internet at tunxis.commnet.edu. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.

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Exhibition on China’s Silk Road at Tunxis Gallery

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - June 29, 2011 -

The public is invited to “The Silk Road,” an exhibition on the culture and people of China’s western Silk Road by Tunxis professor Christina Gotowka in the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery at Tunxis Community College July 6-30. The opening reception is July 13, 4-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
The professor of psychology will share a montage of over 100 of her large-scale photographs of western China cultures that she took during a field study in 2010 led by MacMillan Center’s PIER Summer Institutes at Yale University. The exhibit will be complemented with objects found in western China cultures, some of which Gotowka collected during her trip.
She traveled to the Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan provinces where she studied the daily life of these groups and visited a number of markets, temples and museums. “We were allowed in parts of the country that most Americans can never see,” said Gotowka, who funded her own trip, and was among a select group of educators chosen for the PIER course. When she returned, Gotowka enlisted the help of David Archambault, graphics specialist and a lecturer in photography/fine arts at Tunxis, who enhanced the digital images, and lent visual expertise in creating a plan for the installation.
Gotowka spins a Buddhist prayer wheel at Kumbum Monastery in Xining, China.
The course, which explored how current social, political, economic and environmental conditions will affect the future development of the region, is the eighth Gotowka has taken in more than 10 years through PIER. She has also included information from the field study in her “Cross-Cultural Psychology” course curriculum at Tunxis, one of the goals of the PIER course. PIER stands for Programs in International Educational.
Gotowka, who has been a professor at Tunxis for over 30 years, holds an Ed.M. from State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.S. from Saint Joseph College. Formerly of West Simsbury, she resides in Old Lyme.
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call 860.255..3661 or email William Kluba at wkluba@tunxis.edu.
The exhibit is one of a series at Tunxis Community College celebrating 40 years of education in the Farmington Valley and beyond. The College first opened for classes in October 1970 and currently 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.

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Tunxis CC Foundation and Advisory Board Names New Members and Representatives

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - June 24, 2011 -

Tunxis Community College Foundation and Advisory Board, Inc. announced the election and appointment of new directors and College representatives at the annual board meeting held June 17 in Farmington.

The following new directors and representatives are listed by town of residence.
Directors:
Avon
Robert Voight, retired, Security–Connecticut Life Insurance Company
Bristol
Linda DiMatteo, executive assistant to the President & Administrator, Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce
Burlington
James “Jay” Murdick, vice president/senior commercial loan officer, Thomaston Savings Bank (Thomaston)
Oxford
Scott Speaker, enterprise architect, Prudential Retirement Technology (Hartford)
Plainville
Rep. Elizabeth “Betty” Boukus, D-Plainville
West Hartford
Nancy Grassilli, professor emerita of marketing, Tunxis Community College
Tunxis Community College representatives:

Bristol
Lynn Laskowski, associate professor of biology
Helen Lozada, Tunxis Alumni Association officer, Financial Aid Services staff member
Robert Smith, Ph.D., science coordinator, and assistant professor of biology

Canton
David C. England, Ed.D., dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Outreach
North Haven
Carol Mahmood, humanities department chair, and professor of English
West Hartford
Terry Cassidy, Ed.D., assistant professor of English

Tunxis Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Farmington, supporting the students, programs and projects of Tunxis for 40 years. It is managed by a board of directors composed of business and community leaders. For more information about Tunxis CC Foundation, please call 860.255..3604; or email tx-foundation@tunxis.edu.
FOUNDATION CONTACT INFORMATION:
Deidre Tavera, Executive Director
Phone: 860.255..3604
Monica Russano, Executive Aide to the Foundation
Phone: 860.255..3604

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