- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut has officially reopened one of its state technical high schools.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was among the dignitaries on hand Wednesday for the first day of school at J.M. Wright Technical High School, welcoming 145 incoming freshmen. The state suspended operations at the school in 2009 due to state budget problems, low enrollment and subpar facilities.

Wright Tech has since been completely overhauled, following a $90.2 million reconstruction project.

Southwestern Connecticut companies, including Starwood Hotels, have contributed equipment and helped with the curriculum.

School officials said J.M. Wright is the first high school in the nation to offer a facilities management program. Other technical areas include automotive, carpentry, culinary arts, digital media, electrical, health technologies, information systems technology, plumbing and heating. There’s also a tourism and guest services program.

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