HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – One of the biggest complaints Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy says he hears as he tours industries and businesses is that the state is not producing the kinds of college graduates to meet the needs of its employers.
So, the governor plans to make a ten-year investment of $1.5 billion to the University of Connecticut to expand programs in science, technology, engineering, and math.
“We have thousands of jobs in precision manufacturing that are unfilled because we haven’t invested in the infrastructure to support those industries. Those days are over,” Malloy told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau on Thursday.
The governor noted these fields are growing faster than any others and will help to keep Connecticut’s best talent in the state.
Much of the money would be bonded over the long-term, said Malloy.
His plan would also include scholarships to help attract bright young high school graduates to the UConn campuses in Storrs and Stamford.
Lawmakers, who must approve the plan, will hear more about it in the governor’s budget address next week.