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Gov. Lamont, higher education officials announce effort to co-locate universities in Bridgeport

Officials say the new model for higher education will capitalize on the programmatic strengths of each school.
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Governor Ned Lamont held a news briefing Tuesday morning at the Fair Haven Community Health Center.

While speaking on the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on youth employment programs in Connecticut, Lamont announced a $7.2 million program to assist in the effort of helping the state's youth.

At the press conference, Lamont also spoke briefly on how Phase 3 may be impacted by recent spikes in COVID-19 cases in other states.

"Not in any great rush to open our bars," he said.

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The governor also noted: "I think it makes a certain amount of sense," when asked about coronavirus testing at Bradley International Airport.

The governor also participated in a Tuesday afternoon announcement about the future of higher education in Bridgeport.

Gov. Lamont joined Mayor Joe Ganim, Connecticut Office of Higher Education Director, Tim Larson, as well as local university officials.

  • Mark Scheinberg, President of Goodwin University
  • Dr. John J. Petillo, President of Sacred Heart University
  • Dr. Stephen Healey, President of the University of Bridgeport
  • Joseph M. Bierbaum, President of Paier College of Art

According to a release, the schools will announce a plan to co-locate the four campuses within a single learning environment on the current University of Bridgeport campus.

Officials say the new model for higher education will capitalize on the programmatic strengths of each school. Students will be able to take advantage of the strengths of each institution and, in some cases, may navigate from one school to another to continue their educations at progressively higher levels.

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Posted by FOX61 on Tuesday, June 30, 2020