- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal includes more than $134 million in new funding for Connecticut’s state college and university system to help launch a multi-year strategic improvement plan.

The governor said Wednesday’s initial investment will help “move our state university and community college system into the 21st century and help graduate as many students as possible.”

The Connecticut Colleges and Universities’ 2020 plan is supposed to unite the four state universities, 12 community colleges and the online Charter Oak State College into a single system that better serves students and prepares them to work in the state’s strongest industry growth sectors.

Wednesday’s funding, which needs legislative approval, will pay for numerous initiatives. The list includes high-tech classrooms, expanded manufacturing programs, deferred maintenance, teacher training and system-wide credit transfers.

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