- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is promoting his proposal to spend more than $134 million on the newly consolidated Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system.

The money is part of a multi-year strategic improvement plan, “Transform CSCU 2020.” The goal is to unite the 12 community colleges, four state universities and the online Charter Oak State College and create a system that better serves students, preparing them to work in the strongest industry growth sectors.

The governor appeared Wednesday at Manchester Community College with other officials. He called it imperative to gain support for the bill, saying 70 percent of the jobs in 2020 will require postsecondary education.

The funding, which needs legislative approval, will pay for numerous improvements including, high-tech classrooms, expanded manufacturing programs, teacher training and system-wide credit transfers.

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