Growing Connecticut Community College Showcases Success in Preparing Students to Enter Local Workforce

Housatonic Community College (HCC) President Dr. Paul Broadie recently offered an inside look at how the Bridgeport-based college is helping students succeed in college, graduate and begin their careers, as the featured speaker at the Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC)’s “Inside the CEO’s Office” series.

BRBC's Inside the CEO's Office

[left to right:] Fred Staudmyer, Patriot Bank EVP & Chief Administrative Officer; Dr. Paul Broadie, Houstaonic Community College President; Robert Hojnacki, Patriot Bank VP & Director of Municipal & Nonprofit Sectors; and Richard Dupont, Executive Director of Institutional Development at BRBC’s “Inside the CEO’s Office” event | Photo Credit: Bridgeport Regional Business Council

Dozens of local business leaders gathered for a tour of the college to learn about its student-centered focus and its efforts to stay ahead of the curve by creating and modifying its programs to meet both individual and workplace needs. It has recently increased its community-based partnership efforts, offering internships for qualified students to earn real-world workplace experiences.

The event was sponsored by Patriot Bank and is part of an ongoing series providing an exclusive, up-close and personal look at the challenges and opportunities that top CEOs in the region confront. The BRBC’s mission is to pursue economic development in the region that will lead to more jobs and an increased tax base.

“Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s ‘Inside the CEO’s Office’ series creates a really valuable forum for business and local leaders to exchange insights and lessons so that as a community, we are always learning from one another’s successes,” said Fred Staudmyer, Patriot Bank Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer. “Patriot Bank is proud to support this thought leadership event and Housatonic’s commitment to helping students not only graduate, but obtain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to succeed in the workplace.”

Rendering of The Tower at Housatonic Community College | Photo Credit: Housatonic Community College

Rendering of The Tower at Housatonic Community College | Photo Credit: Housatonic Community College

A two-year state college, Housatonic specializes in offering STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programs for students earning their Associate in Arts and Associates in Science degrees and helping them begin their careers. For example, its 9-month Advanced Manufacturing Program has achieved a 100% job placement for graduates.

Dr. Broadie also discussed the new expansion construction underway, which adds 46,000 square feet to HCC’s Lafayette Hall on downtown Bridgeport’s Lafayette Blvd. and is expected to be completed in March 2017. It will include classrooms, admissions and business offices, financial aid, testing labs, art studios, a counseling area, and student lounge space. Additional renovations to other areas of Lafayette Hall will be completed in December 2018.


[left to right:] Manufacturing students Vaillant Domingue, Hayes Moore Photo Credit: Housatonic Community College

“I want to thank Patriot Bank for bringing its Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s ’Inside the CEO’s Office’ to Housatonic Community College,” Dr. Broadie said. “The event provided those in attendance the opportunity to learn about the college, our programs and new initiatives, as well as opening up important connections between the business community and our faculty and staff. It was an honor to have our guests tour the college and for them to experience the work we are doing to educate our citizens and contribute to the economic wellbeing of the region. ”

“The breadth and quality of educational services provided at Housatonic Community College is breathtaking. Dr. Paul Brodie and his staff are doing an outstanding job of delivering these services to students of all ages all over our region,” said Mickey Herbert, President & CEO at Bridgeport Regional Business Council.

The BRBC is comprised of the Bridgeport, Stratford and Trumbull Chambers of Commerce, Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation, Leadership Greater Bridgeport and the Women’s Leadership Council. It has approximately 1,000 members.