Connecticut's Community Colleges Move Toward Consolidation

Dec 14, 2017

Connecticut's Board of Regents are moving forward with a plan to dramatically restructure the state's community colleges. The board approved the proposal on Thursday, which would consolidate the 12 schools into one system with 12 campuses.

The system has been struggling financially for years as state funds have dwindled. The move is expected to save about $28 million dollars annually through staff cuts and resource sharing.

Mark Ojakian is president of the state's college system. Speaking earlier this week on Where We Live, Ojakian said all campuses and satellite campuses will remain open.

"At a time when we're looking at drastic reductions in our budget, raising tuition by the double digits is not an option for me, and closing a campus is not an option for me," Ojakian said.

Twelve members voted to approve the consolidation, with one abstention. The renamed Community College of Connecticut is expected to begin operating in July of 2019.