The Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) links 17 different schools across Connecticut. Through its College of Technology, which offers over 60 programs offered at 12 community colleges, students can begin training for a career or for transfer to Central Connecticut State University for a bachelor's degree.
Schools and Programs
Technical programs are offered by community colleges and universities in Connecticut. Programs in this area are offered at all levels of education, from certificates to graduate degrees. Programs are available in a number of different fields, including manufacturing, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Adult students at a community college can take advantage of numerous scholarships to earn an associate's degree and transfer to a Connecticut university to earn a bachelor's degree.
Schools at a Glance
Three Rivers Community College
- This public, 2-year school is located in Norwich.
- Students can obtain certificates and associate's degrees either fully on-campus or as hybrid programs with online classes.
Central Connecticut State University
- Located in New Britain, this is a public, 4-year school.
- Bachelor's degrees can be earned through on-campus or online courses.
Manchester Community College
- This public, 2-year college holds the same name as the city it resides in.
- Students can obtain associate's degrees and certificates, some of which are available online.
Three Rivers Adult Technical Education Programs
Three Rivers offers a range of technical associate's degrees, some of which are described below.
Fiber Optics Program
Adult students can earn an associate degree in laser and fiber optics technology. Local industry partners and grants from the National Science Foundation support the laser and fiber optic laboratories on campus.
Construction Technology Program
The construction technology program at Three Rivers provides a comprehensive education in drafting, mathematics, and surveying. Available concentrations include architecture, civil technology, and construction management.
Electrical, Laser and Robotics Engineering Technology Program
Three Rivers offers a program leading to an Associate of Science degree in electrical, laser and robotics engineering technology. Graduates can perform such tasks as analyzing circuits and navigating electronic communication systems. Self-designed concentrations are also available.
Central Connecticut State University's Adult Technical Education Programs
While working in skilled technical jobs, adults who earn an associate degree can pursue bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering and industrial technology at Central Connecticut State University. Providing an advanced adult technical school education in Connecticut, some of the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs are described below.
Civil Engineering Technology
Adult graduates from the B.S. in civil engineering technology program apply engineering concepts to the planning and construction of large structures, such as airports and bridges. With a foundation in math, physics and chemistry, students take practical courses in surveying, materials and construction.
Manufacturing Engineering Technology
In the bachelor's degree program in manufacturing engineering technology, adult students apply engineering and technical skills to a range of manufacturing processes. Graduates work in robotics, facilities layout, manufacturing design and quality assurance, among other areas.
Mechanical Engineering Technology
The emphases of this bachelor's degree program are product development, mechanical design and component analysis. The campus's automation, materials testing and fluids laboratories provide students with industrial experience.
In addition to technical skills in electronics, adult students learn management skills in this bachelor's degree program to assume leadership positions. Specialized courses provide options to develop expertise in computer programming, automated manufacturing systems or robotics.
Adult students in this bachelor's degree program elect a specialization in electro-mechanical technology, environmental and occupational safety, manufacturing or technology management. The Manufacturing and Construction Management Department also offers master's degree programs in technology and construction management.
Manchester Community College's Technical Programs
Technical associate's degree programs at Manchester include manufacturing engineering technology, computer networking, and information management and technology. Some programs lead directly to a career, while others are ideal for transfer to apply towards a bachelor's degree.
Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Adults can take day or evening courses to earn an associate degree in manufacturing engineering technology at Manchester Community College. Upon completion of the programs--which includes courses in physics, circuit analysis and manufacturing processes--graduates can transfer to Central Connecticut State University for further education.
Manchester also offers both a certificate and an associate's degree program in computer network technology, as well as a degree option in general computer technology. Graduates of the computer network technology associate's program can choose to enter a bachelor's degree program through transfer or enter the workforce as a network administrator. The general computer technology program is ideal for students searching for quick entry into the workforce, but does not offer the specialization of some of Manchester's other technology related programs.
Information Management and Technology
Manchester offers associate's degrees in business office technology and management information systems. The business office technology program consists of three separate tracks to prepare graduates to work in specific settings: legal, medical, and office. The management information systems program is ideal for transfer to a bachelor's degree program.
A variety of associate's degree technical programs are available at community colleges throughout Connecticut, such as Manchester Community College or Three Rivers Community College. Further education can be pursued by transferring to Central Connecticut State University.