USJ Awarded $40,000 State Tech-Talent Accelerator Grant to benefit Computer Science Program 

The State of Connecticut has awarded the University of Saint Joseph a $40,000 Connecticut Higher Education-Tech Talent Accelerator (TTA) booster grant. The Tech Talent Accelerator grant was received from the New England Board of Higher Education through funding made available from the State of Connecticut’s Technology Talent Fund. The grant will benefit the Computer Science program and allow students across all majors to supplement their education with industry-recognized technology credentials.  

“This generous TTA grant from the state will allow us to promote data analytics and support USJ students who are seeking their Google Data Analytics Certificate,” said Hong Zhou, Ph.D., professor of Computer Science. “The additional resources will benefit our students by providing access to Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform, and by bringing AWS Machine Learning courses to our Computer Science program.” 

The Tech Talent Accelerator grant, received through funding made available from the State of Connecticut’s Technology Talent Fund, will provide USJ with the resources to support more students seeking industry valued credentials critical to career development. 

“This funding will significantly enhance established relationships— and foster new relationships— between our educators and industry partners and will also ensure that our students remain competitive in the job market,” said USJ President Rhona Free. 

The Connecticut Higher Education Tech Talent Accelerator (TTA) was created in 2021 when the Connecticut Office of Workforce Strategy (OWS) designated the NEBHE and the BHEF to direct a higher education innovation challenge. Through the state’s initial investment in TTA, seven partnerships between business and higher education institutions have been built. As a result, new programs and credentials are available to Connecticut’s workers in fields like cybersecurity, mobile application development and game development. With an additional investment from the state, TTA will increase its cohort of grantees and support up to 13 partnerships to increase access to credential pathways leading to in-demand tech jobs and strengthen collaboration between business and higher education institutions. 

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