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7 Grants Awarded to Supplement EASTCONN’s Adult Programs


Hampton, CT, Nov. 13, 2017 - The Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education has awarded EASTCONN $270,000 in federal funds, authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), to implement seven Program Enhancement…

Mala Responds to Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) Program Changes


On Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, the State of Connecticut State Board of Education issued changes to the Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) Program. Section 10-145o of the Connecticut General Statutes, effective Oct. 1, 2009, called for the establishment of the TEAM…

EASTCONN Welcomes Gary S. Mala as its New Executive Director


EASTCONN is pleased to announce that Gary S. Mala has been named EASTCONN’s new Executive Director, succeeding Paula M. Colen, who retired at the end of September after 37 years with the agency.  Colen had led EASTCONN as Executive Director since 2005.  “I’m…

EASTCONN’s Hampton Annex Named for Paula M. Colen


The EASTCONN Board of Directors has named its Hampton Conference Center wing the “Paula M. Colen Annex” in honor of retiring Executive Director Paula M. Colen.    The board announced its decision, and surprised Colen with a bronze plaque, during her…

November 1st RESC Alliance Conference, “Personalized Learning: Future or…


School administrators and teacher-leaders are invited to attend “Personalized Learning: Future or Fad?”, a statewide conference hosted by Connecticut’s Regional Educational Service Centers (RESC) Alliance on Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Southern Connecticut State…

Seats Still Available for Nov. 1 Personalized Learning Conference


The Oct. 25 deadline to register for “Personalized Learning: Future or Fad?”, a statewide conference hosted by Connecticut’s Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) Alliance, is fast approaching. Educators are invited to attend on Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, from 8:30 a.m…

Willimantic American Job Center Now Offering Evening Hours

Willimantic American Job Center Now Offering Evening Hours


The Willimantic office of American Job Center (AJC) East, a free resource that connects job seekers in eastern Connecticut with employment and training opportunities, has extended its hours until 7 p.m. on Mondays. The AJC, located at Tyler Square, 1320…

Educators Invited to Nov. 1 RESC Alliance Conference on Personalized…


School administrators and teacher-leaders are invited to attend “Personalized Learning: Future or Fad?”, a statewide conference hosted by Connecticut’s Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) Alliance on Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Southern Connecticut State…

Professional Learning Catalog 2017-2018 Fall Edition Released


EASTCONN’s catalog of regional professional learning offerings for 2017-2018 has been released. The workshops, councils and learning opportunities listed are intended to inspire and inform our region’s K-12, early childhood and technology educators as they strive to strengthen their practice…

2017-2018 Programs and Services Catalog Now Available


EASTCONN's 2017-2018 Programs and Services Catalog is now available. We hope you will use it as a starting point for addressing your most pressing education challenges. If you don’t find exactly what you need in our directory, please give us…

EASTCONN Names New Executive Director


Hampton, CT - EASTCONN is pleased to announce that Gary S. Mala will lead the agency as its next executive director. Mala will begin transitioning into his new EASTCONN role in September. Mala will replace EASTCONN Executive Director Paula M. Colen, who…

ACT Student Work is Honored by Connecticut Writing Project


Photo: 13 ACT stuents were recognied by UCONN's prestigious Connecticut Writing Project for the quality and creativity of their written works. UCONN’s Connecticut Writing Project (CWP) contest has again honored Creative Writing students at EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT)…

QMC Students Win Regional Video Contest


Photo: QMC students took 1st place in the Third Annual Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance Video Challenge and Film Festival. EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) students took 1st place for Outstanding Videography and 3rd place in the Viewer’s Choice category at the Third Annual Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance…

New Observation Tool Simplifies Teacher & Student Assessments


EASTCONN has designed a new online tool that promises to simplify the process of collecting, storing and reporting observation-based data associated with  student and teacher assessments.  Called eObserve, EASTCONN’s new framework-independent tool supports the use of tablets and other devices, and…

Community Conversation Focuses on Children’s Mental Health Issues


Photo: A summit to share concerns about children's mental health in NE Connecticut attracted 75 of the region's leaders. In response to growing concerns around children’s mental health and its effects on schools and communities in northeastern Connecticut, many of the…

Is This Local Stream Healthy? Tolland 6th-Graders Investigate


Photo: Tolland 6th-graders partnered to gather scientific data as they worked to determine whether a nearby stream was healthy. EASTCONN’s Mobile STEM Laboratory has been making the rounds among schools across northeastern Connecticut this spring, recently stopping at Tolland Middle School…

Driver Education Summer Classes Open for Registration

Driver Education Summer Classes Open for Registration


Hampton - EASTCONN’s Driver Education program is now accepting students for summer classes. Two 38-hour Driver Education Full Programs are scheduled. The first 38-hour Program is scheduledfor Monday through Friday, July 10 to July 28, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 7…

QMC Places 1st in Regional Manufacturing Videography Contest

QMC Places 1st in Regional Manufacturing Videography Contest


Danielson - EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) students have taken first place for Outstanding Videography and third place in the Viewer’s Choice category at the 3rd Annual Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) Video Challenge and Film Festival.  “Our students worked long and hard producing this video,” said…

Youth Sought for Summer Youth Employment and Training Program


Hampton – The 2017 Summer Youth Employment and Training Program (SYEP), a short-term summer work experience for eligible youth, 14 to 21 years old, in the eastern Connecticut region, is now accepting applications. Administered by EASTCONN in partnership with the…

$25K SUEZ Grant Cuts Cost of Mobile STEM Lab Visits

$25K SUEZ Grant Cuts Cost of Mobile STEM Lab Visits


Hampton - A $25,000 grant from the SUEZ Foundation will help underwrite the cost of bringing EASTCONN’s Mobile STEM Laboratory, northeastern Connecticut’s newest science-based learning resource, to 20 schools over the next year. “This generous contribution by the SUEZ Foundation will…