Three new advanced manufacturing centers at community colleges across Connecticut will receive $7.3 million for facility and equipment upgrades that the state's Bond Commission approved Friday.

The centers, at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury and Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, opened their doors last fall and recently graduated their first classes of students.

"By investing in community colleges and intensifying their manufacturing programs, we are making an investment into the economic health of Connecticut and building the workforce that attracts manufacturers to our state," said Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Housatonic will get $1.5 million to add a welding lab. Naugatuck Valley will receive $825,000 to add equipment to its advanced manufacturing center, retrofitted to support local industry needs including the purchase of a deep draw press. Quinebaug Valley, which has used space at nearby Ellis Technical High School, is in store for $5 million for its own campus facility.


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