Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) has been included in’s list of the Best Community Colleges in Connecticut for 2022. Their research identified the top 15 programs in the state based on flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation.

Asnuntuck Community College was awarded Best for Advanced Manufacturing on its final list. implemented a unique methodology that ranks each program on a scale from 0 to 100 across five categories. The scoring system compares each university according to program strength, student readiness, return on investment, cost, and student engagement. Researchers compared 63 programs from 24 colleges in the state of Connecticut.

Asnuntuck’s CEO Dr. Michelle Coach responded, “Asnuntuck Community College is proud to receive the “Best for Advanced Manufacturing” degree program by Intelligent.”  She continued, “Our program has leading-edge quality training in both the non-credit and credit formats.  ACC is one of the first ISO9001:2015 certified community colleges in the United States and the only community college that is an American Welding Society (AWS) Accredited Facility.  AMTC students have over a 90% job placement rate.  We are honored to be given this designation and to share the news with our ACC community.”

ACC’s Interim Dean of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Mary Bidwell commented, “Asnuntuck’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program has over 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space filled with cutting edge machinery and technology. Our program offers a variety of courses in three Advanced Manufacturing areas – Machine Technology, Welding and Fabrication Technology, and Robotics and Mechatronics Automation. Through our High School College Connections program, we offer a dual credit model in our three disciplines of study. Area high school students attend classes five days a week to work toward earning a certificate while still in high school.”

She added, “We also offer a variety of incumbent worker training to area companies that are customizable to their industry needs. We are here to train the next generation of manufacturing personnel, as well as, provide current employees with added skills sets to support them in their current positions or to advance within the company.”

North-West Regional President Dr. James Lombella remarked, “This recognition of Asnuntuck’s high-quality advanced manufacturing technology program comes at a time when Connecticut’s manufacturers are strongly in need of skilled employees.” He continued, “We are pleased to meet that need by consistently producing high-quality graduates who are ready and able to fill these jobs. This recognition of our Advanced Manufacturing degree is further confirmation that Asnuntuck and our College of Technology (COT) certificate to degree pathways are a winning model that will keep Connecticut competitive by meeting the industry need while providing our residents access to great careers with significant opportunity for advancement.”

Studies show that obtaining a degree increases income substantially. Degree holders earn 84% more than those with only high school diplomas or those without a completed GED. The percentage difference in earnings continues to grow with higher learning degrees such as masters, doctoral or professional degrees, with the unemployment rate decreasing to as much as 1.1% for those with a doctorate. To access the complete ranking, please visit

Asnuntuck offers more than 50 associate degrees, certificates, and non-degree workforce development programs, including criminal justice, early childhood education, human services, business, allied health, personal services programs, and manufacturing. For more information, visit

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