October 13, 2017 Melissa Lamar

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The NASA CT Space Grant Consortium has awarded scholarships to five Connecticut Community College students in recognition of their academic goals and achievements.

Each student will receive $1,500 for study at their respective community colleges. To qualify, students must be attending a CT SGC affiliate institution full-time, pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

“I would like to congratulate these students for their achievement and wish them continued success in their college careers and future pursuits in the STEM field,” said Dr. James Lombella, President of Asnuntuck Community College and Interim President of Tunxis Community College, who leads the Connecticut College of Technology, which includes the 12 Connecticut Community Colleges and provides access to membership in the NASA CT Space Grant Consortium.

The NASA CT Space Grant Consortium Community College Scholarship recipients are listed with town of residence:

Kevin Armstrong (Windsor), Capital Community College

Amanda Guglielmo (Naugatuck), Naugatuck Community College

Giselle Koo (Farmington), Tunxis Community College

Michael Koutoumbas (Danbury), Norwalk Community College

Heidi Pokorny (Stafford Springs), Asnuntuck Community College


NASA CT Space Grant Consortium is a federally mandated grant, internship and scholarship program that is funded as part of NASA Education to encourage broader participation in NASA research programs. The program’s main focus is to build a research infrastructure in Connecticut which supports the aerospace, space science, engineering and technology related initiatives of federal and state government and private industry. There are Space Grant Consortia in all 50 states, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.

The College of Technology is an agreement among Connecticut’s community colleges and partner universities to provide seamless career pathways for students to earn certificates, associate of science and bachelor of science degrees in engineering and technology disciplines, with no loss of credit upon transfer. For more information on the College of Technology, contact Karen Wosczyna-Birch at 860.723.0608, or [email protected].

Located in Enfield, Asnuntuck Community College, recently opened a new, state-of-the-art 27,000 square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center which has enabled the college to expand its manufacturing technology programs and educate and train more students for jobs in manufacturing. The new Manufacturing Technology Center includes several state-of-the-art-technology labs, machinery, SMART Room classrooms, and various production and educational spaces for part- time/ full-time, adult continuing education, workforce retraining, as well as middle and high school students affiliated with Asnuntuck. These are among over 60 associate degrees and certificates the college offers. For more information on programs at Asnuntuck, call 860.253.3010 or visit asnuntuck.edu/admissions.

Tunxis Community College in Farmington offers over 60 associate degrees and certificates, including eight associate degrees with science, engineering and technology emphases, and certificates in lean manufacturing and computer aided design. Tunxis is also a recipient of a $2.4 million National Science Foundation grant that established the College of Technology’s Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, a NSF Center of Excellence. For more information on programs at Tunxis, call 860.773.1490, or visit tunxis.edu.


Contacts at Tunxis CC and Asnuntuck CC:

Tunxis Community College

Melissa Lamar

Public Relations Associate

o. 860.773.1407

e. [email protected]


Asnuntuck Community College

Julie Cotnoir

Public Relations

o. 860.253.3019

e.  [email protected]