$5000 Scholarship Opportunity for Tunxis Community College Students

Tunxis Community College is a partner with Central CT State University for scholarships funded through the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. Incoming freshman at Tunxis Community College in eligible programs (listed below) can receive a $5,000 scholarship that can be renewed for a total of two years at TXCC! In addition to the scholarship there will be networking and group activities with recipients from others colleges.

Incoming freshman in the following programs at TXCC are eligible for the Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics (CSMP) Scholarship Program of Central Connecticut:

  • Transfer Articulation Pathway (TAP) Mathematical Studies

  • Transfer Articulation Pathway (TAP) Computer Science Studies

  • Transfer Articulation Pathway (TAP) Physics Studies

  • AS degree in Computer Science/Mathematics (Honors program)

  • AS degree in Computer Information Systems, specialization in programming

  • AS degree in Computer Information Systems, specialization in networking

  • AS degree in Engineering Science

  • AS degree in Technology Studies in Engineering Technology

  • AS degree in Technology Studies in Technology & Engineering Education


  • Be a citizen of the United States, a national of the United States, an alien admitted as refugees, or an alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence;

  • Demonstrate financial need each semester, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid according to the rules of the US Department of Education;

  • Place into college-level Math and English courses;

  • Be enrolled full time in or accepted to one of CSMP academic programs (listed above)

The details of the program, requirements, and application can be found here:  http://www.ccsu.edu/csmp/. Applications are still being accepted, but time is running out. Applications should be directed to Dr. Karen Wosczyna-Birch (kwosczyna-birch@commnet.edu) as noted on the application.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Wosczyna-Birch or me with any questions and to let us know if you are interested in applying.

Deadline: Sept. 9th, 2019 - Consideration will be made for qualified applicants after the deadline date pending review of remaining funds. Please contact if interested.

2019 Epsilon Pi Tau Gamma Phi Chapter Induction Ceremony

The Gamma Phi Chapter of the Epsilon Pi Tau International Honor Society held its annual Induction Ceremony on the evening of May 3rd. The Gamma Phi Chapter represents all twelve Connecticut community colleges in the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities System. One hundred students were inducted along with eight honorary and faculty inductees. Dr. Karen Wosczyna-Birch, Chapter Trustee and Epsilon Pi Tau Board Member, noted the accomplishments and diverse backgrounds of new inductees.

Honorary Inductees:

  • Dr. Christine Benz -Training & Development Manager, TRUMPF Inc.

  • Dr. Miah LaPierre-Dreger - Interim Dean of Academic Affairs, Capital Community College

  • Dr. H. Justin Moore - Associate Dean, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Division, Naugatuck Valley Community College

  • Jodi Clark - Assistant Director, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, Quinebaug Valley Community College

  • Mathew Spinelli - Program Director, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics & Advanced Manufacturing, Tunxis Community College

Faculty Inductees:

  • Dr. Diba Khan-Bureau - Program Coordinator & Professor, Environmental Engineering Technology & Biology, CSCU TAP Pathways, Three Rivers Community College

  • Jacob Jackson - Instructor, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Gateway Community College

  • Al Tournaud - Adjunct Instructor, Precision Manufacturing Program, Manchester Community College

EPT 2019 Photo Gallery

New Veterans in Manufacturing Videos Available

The Connecticut College of Technology and its Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing is excited to announce its latest set of student profiles! These new profiles feature veterans who are also alumni of manufacturing programs offered at our Connecticut Community Colleges. The students are great examples of how veterans can attend our community colleges either during or following their time in the military and the career opportunities that are available to them.

The videos were produced in partnership with Middlesex Community College's Center for New Media.

Visit our VIDEOS page to watch the veteran profiles as well as our other student video profiles.

Connecticut in DC: The 2017 National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators Conference

Every year towards the end of October the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM) participates in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Principal Investigator's Conference held in Washington, DC. Supported by the American Association for Community Colleges, the conference gives opportunities for ATE awardees from around the United States to share the results of their projects with each other as well as with NSF staff.

This year the RCNGM and Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technologies Program (MET2), both funded by the NSF, presented during a preconference workshop on incorporating professional skills into technological program curriculum. A concurrent session on professional skills and another on additive manufacturing allowed attendees to share their own experiences with each topic. Connecticut was also represented in a plenary panel by Dr. James Lombella, President of Asnuntuck Community College and Interim President of Tunxis Community College. The panel discussed how community colleges can build America’s skilled technical workforce.

In addition to presentations, the RCNGM and MET2 attendees exhibited during Showcases where NSF staff and other awardees could view and discuss student projects and other results of NSF funding. Maftuna Rakhimova, Manchester Community College; Ronald Silva, Gateway Community College; Lillian Orelup and Austin Ferguson, Northwestern CT Community College; Millie Ramirez, Asnuntuck Community College; and Elena Bolotova, Tunxis Community College were six students from Connecticut who have participated in NSF ATE projects that were selected for the “Advanced Technological Education Student Award for Excellence” with only 65 being chosen nationally. These students were also able to participate in an industry speed-networking event and take a tour of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Left to Right:  John Birch,   MET2 Program;   Maftuna Rakhimova, Manchester Community College; Ronald Silva, Gateway Community College; Lillian Orelup and Austin Ferguson, Northwestern CT Community College; Elena Bolotova, Tunxis Community College; James Lombella, Asnuntuck Community College and Tunxis Community College; Karen Wosczyna-Birch, RCNGM

Left to Right:  John Birch, MET2 Program; Maftuna Rakhimova, Manchester Community College; Ronald Silva, Gateway Community College; Lillian Orelup and Austin Ferguson, Northwestern CT Community College; Elena Bolotova, Tunxis Community College; James Lombella, Asnuntuck Community College and Tunxis Community College; Karen Wosczyna-Birch, RCNGM

Third Annual Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire

On October 7, 2017 the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM), in partnership with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, held the third annual Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire (GHMMF) at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT. Over 800 attendees of all ages were able to interact with 35 Makers from the community and local middle schools, high schools, and colleges. Sponsors also had exhibits set up and were able to talk to attendees about manufacturing careers and the skills needed to work at their companies. With manufacturing being one of Connecticut's major industries, the GHMMF is a perfect way to show how an interest in robotics, electronics, 3D printing, and any other engineering and technology skills can lead to a career in manufacturing.

Check out the GHMMF video, GHMMF photos.

Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire website

2017 Survey of Connecticut Manufacturing Workforce Needs

The Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing partnered with the CT Business and Industry (CBIA) Education & Workforce Partnership to survey Connecticut's manufacturers. The results of the survey give an overview of skills needed and types of positions that will be open to our future workforce. This survey allows programming in College of Technology partner institutions to meet these needs, ensuring that students are learning the skills needed to prepare for careers in advanced manufacturing.

2017 Survey of Connecticut Manufacturing Workforce Needs

Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2017 Engineering Technology Challenge Summer Teacher Workshop

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Engineering Technology Challenge Teachers’ Dissemination Program on July 10, 2017 through July 13, 2017 at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT. This is a great professional development opportunity for community college faculty and high school teachers to engage in problem based learning exercises while learning how to successfully integrate professional skills into curriculum. Professional and technical skills include teambuilding, understanding behavioral diversity, 3D printing, computer-aided drafting (CAD), and microcontrollers. The Connecticut College of Technology's Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing is a proud sponsor of this workshop!

2017 Summer Teacher Workshop Application

CPEP & the Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire

The following story was featured in The CPEP Insider, a newsletter focusing on CPEP student engagement in the community.

Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire

On Saturday, October 8th, New Britain Ventures students along with teachers and staff joined fellow community makers at Tunxis Community College for the 2nd annual Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire!

The students demonstrated Rube Goldberg machines as well as the art of 3D printing. Visitors also got to try their hand at the Energy Transfer Machine, a kit CPEP is piloting in this year's Afterschool STEM Challenge program.

More than 300 organizations come together to launch Nation of Makers

New non-profit organization will ensure that more Americans have access to the spaces, communities, and tools that enable them to make things, not just consume things.

MARYLAND (November 15, 2016) - The grassroots Maker Movement has, and continues to, impact entrepreneurship, education, economic and workforce development, manufacturing, community revitalization and technology inclusion in the U.S. To build upon existing efforts and to continue to grow the coalition of diverse organizations supporting the maker community, we are proud to announce the creation of an independent non-profit called Nation of Makers. The organization will serve and represent a wide variety of spaces, events, and institutions serving makers, including non-profit organizations, museums, libraries, science centers, educational institutions, foundations and for-profit companies.  

Nation of Makers is working with leaders from the maker community in all 50 states and has received more than 300 letters of support from hackerspaces, makerspaces, companies, libraries, local government and economic development agencies across the U.S. who have already experienced the positive impact of the Maker Movement locally, and are committed to continuing to foster the growth and inclusivity of the maker community. In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week USA, Nation of Makers celebrates the entrepreneurship represented by the American maker community.

"Giving more Americans the opportunity to make, invent and create is critical to our future," said Tom Kalil, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. "Making can inspire more young people to excel in STEM education, promote entrepreneurship in manufacturing, and empower more people to solve problems in their communities."

Makers are developing innovative solutions to important local and global problems, creating new products that are produced locally and building vibrant communities where small businesses can thrive. Some examples of the ways these efforts are taking shape include efforts in:

  • Chicago, IL,  where makers from the broader Chicago community are prototyping everything from energy storage devices and wearable electronics to food packaging and furniture at The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago.
  • Anchorage, AK, where the MAKE Partnership is matching federal dollars to support trainings and workshops hosted by the Anchorage Makerspace that are geared towards manufacturing start-ups and maker entrepreneurs.
  • Macon, GA, where SparkMacon is empowering entrepreneurs to launch businesses in the broader Macon-Bibb county.
  • Brookings, SD, where Brookings Economic Development Corporation has opened Brookings Area Makerspace located at South Dakota State University, a shared workshop and creative space open to students, faculty and community members.
  • Kingsport, TN, where the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is supporting and celebrating the creation of a new makerspace at the Kingsport  Public Library.

Founding Board Members of Nation of Makers include makers Harley DuBois, co-founder of Burning Man, Pamela Jennings, Professor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Winston-Salem State University, Adam Savage, head of Tested.com, and Stephanie Santoso, former White House Senior Advisor for Making.

Nation of Makers will support the full range of organizations that impact makers by encouraging connections, broadly sharing resources, facilitating funding opportunities, engaging in policy development, and advocating for the Maker Movement. The organization will help maker organizations amplify the passion, innovation, creativity, and diversity of the maker community, and maximize both its local and global impact.

For more examples of the amazing ways makers are making a difference in their local communities, please visit the Nation of Makers website at www.nationofmakers.us