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Funding Positions Mitchell College to Offer Greater Access to Careers

NEW LONDON, CT – August 16, 2021–Mitchell College could soon offer career credentialing in both STEM and mental health services through a planned Digital Innovation Hub. The $555,000 project was included in bills approved by the House Appropriations Committee, the first step in the budget becoming law.

 The funding request from U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney aligns with Mitchell College President Tracy Y. Espy’s plan to help the college meet the rapidly evolving needs of our new economy. Working with Gov. Ned Lamont’s Connecticut Workforce Development Unit, the college will be part of a workforce pipeline, developing curricula and programs that are accessible, inclusive and meet the needs of employers.

 “Congressman Joe Courtney’s support of this initiative enables us to answer the call from the Governor’s Workforce Council to provide innovative education programs and increase access to training in industry-demand careers. We are so grateful to the congressman and other local leaders. They recognize the pressing need for improving post-secondary education and career opportunities. This is a win-win for our students and the State of Connecticut,” said Espy.

 Other Grants Awarded

In addition, Mitchell College was recently selected to receive three grants to help the college develop a strategic plan, aid in vocational exploration programming, and conduct a water study at New London’s Mitchell Beach and Ocean Beach. 

Funding comes from:

  • The Presidential Grant to support a strategic planning process, examining institutional sustainability, innovation and student affordability. The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.
  • The NetVUE Professional Development Award to bolster programming efforts to strengthen vocational exploration among Mitchell College students. The award is made possible through funds received by The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) from Lilly Endowment Inc.
  • Veolia North America, LLC, to support Mitchell College’s water study, “Quality Analysis of New London Estuarine Systems.” This New London Water Authority Community Fund grant for 2021 will promote environmental research advocacy, protection and conservation, encouraging student interest in a breadth of opportunities and career possibilities.

Espy said, “Thanks to the generosity of these granting organizations, we are positioned to inspire, innovate and invigorate our campus community, curriculum and programs. We can’t wait to get to work.”