Category: Education

Alumna gifts great-great-grandfather’s Civil War letters to WCSU

DANBURY, CT – Western Connecticut State University recently received a donation of about 130 letters written as correspondence during the American Civil War. WCSU alumna Carol Lieto ’99, donated the letters, which were penned by her great-great-grandfather Joseph Dobbs Bishop. Bishop was a Danbury soldier during the American Civil War, serving as the chief musician…

CSDE: 2020-2021 Assessment Data Shows the Positive Effects of In-Person Learning Over Hybrid and Remote Models

Results Highlight Urgent Need for Accelerated Learning Across Subjects, Grades, and Student Groups Hartford, CT – Today, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is releasing results of the 2020-21 statewide assessments. This report provides the first statewide picture of student achievement since the 2018-19 school year. Analyses of data from assessments administered in-person revealed:…

Governor Lamont signs student loan subsidy legislation for educators who commit to serving in Connecticut’s highest need school districts

HARTFORD, CT – Governor Ned Lamont on Thursday held a bill signing ceremony to commemorate the adoption of legislation establishing the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA) Alliance District Teacher Loan Subsidy Program, which will provide an interest rate subsidy on CHESLA loans to teachers who commit to teaching in one of Connecticut’s 33…

Connecticut Governor Lamont nominates Cherlene Russell-Tucker as education commissioner

HARTFORD, CT – Governor Ned Lamont on Thursday announced that he is nominating Charlene M. Russell-Tucker to serve as commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Education. The nomination follows a unanimous vote earlier in the day by the State Board of Education recommending her appointment to the governor under a process required by state…

City of Norwalk and Norwalk Public Schools Require Employees  to be Vaccinated or Undergo Weekly Testing

Norwalk, CT – As COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations continue to increase across the state, the City of Norwalk and Norwalk Public Schools are instituting a requirement for all employees to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed Fairfield County in a high rate…

Housatonic Community College Foundation and Bank of America Announce New Support for Manufacturing Pipeline Program in Bridgeport

Program Aims to Increase Opportunities for Populations Underrepresented in the Manufacturing Industry, Including Women With Funding from Bank of America, Upskilling and Job Placement Opportunities Now Available BRIDGEPORT, CT (August 9, 2021) – The Housatonic Community College (HCC) Foundation was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from Bank of America to help support the community college’s…

WCSU launches Social Justice Institute

DANBURY, CT – Western Connecticut State University has launched the Social Justice Institute (SJI), a fun and interactive pre-college experience for high school students and rising college freshmen. The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Space is…

Longtime HCC Professor Retires After 51 Years of Service

BRIDGEPORT, CT – Last month, after more than five decades of service, Professor Edward Keane, Ph.D. retired from Housatonic Community College (HCC). The esteemed faculty member’s 51-year tenure spanned nearly the entirety of the college’s existence. Since 1970, Keane taught psychology and human services courses, and served as Coordinator of the school’s Human Services Program…