April 18, 2019 Melissa Lamar

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Tunxis Community College participated in the Connecticut Science Center’s first ever STEM Career Showcase on March 26.

One of several faculty representing Tunxis at the CT Science Center STEM Showcase, TCC professor Bob Hadley, Ph.D., showed high school students how a fuel cell car works.

More than 400 high school students from 17 high schools across Connecticut attended, and learned about Tunxis Energy Management, Science and Technology programs, in addition to hands-on demonstrations from other exhibitors covering the fields of advanced manufacturing, computer science, health care, engineering, science, and biotechnology.

“Experiential events such as this are a great way to inspire the next generation of students to see opportunities and possibilities for their future, and to think about pursuing cutting edge careers in STEM fields,” said Dr. James Lombella, President of Tunxis and Asnuntuck Community Colleges. 

“The STEM talent needs among Connecticut employers are great, and that means opportunity for Connecticut residents,” said Matt Fleury, President & CEO of the Connecticut Science Center, who is also Chairman of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. “The fastest road to these careers very often runs through one of Connecticut’s terrific community colleges, and we’re delighted to introduce Science Center visitors to the readily accessible, affordable and valuable preparation they provide.”

During the day, Tunxis faculty engaged students in presentations including demonstrating how a fuel cell car works, and illustrating some of the natural science and technical applications that are used to make buildings and homes more energy efficient.

Tunxis Community College in Farmington offers more than 70 associate degrees and certificates, including 20 with science, engineering, technology and advanced manufacturing emphases. Tunxis is also a recipient of a $2.8 million National Science Foundation grant that established the College of Technology’s Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, an NSF Center of Excellence. For more information on programs at Tunxis, call 860.773.1490, or visit tunxis.edu.