Asnuntuck Community College has been awarded scholarship dollars for Advanced Manufacturing Technology students through a 3M grant. Through the generosity of 3M Gives, and in support of the 3M MAP program and Plant Engineering Global Excellence, 3M has awarded two (2) $2,500 Scholarship grants totaling $5,000 to Asnuntuck Community College students.


These scholarships are for students entering or currently enrolled in programs in Mechatronics, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Robotics, or Industrial Maintenance programs. ACC Advanced Manufacturing and Technology students Jane Schwartzberg and James Machia each were awarded $2,500 scholarships from funds donated to the college through a 3M grant.


“We are extremely thankful for the generous donation by 3M,” said Dr. Michelle Coach, CEO of Asnuntuck Community College. She added, “Two students that are entering or continuing their education in Manufacturing will benefit greatly from this scholarship.  With the COVID-19 pandemic, donations are extremely important because they allow students opportunities that they most likely would not be able to afford.  3M is changing the lives and opportunities for our students.”


Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) North-West Regional President James Lombella said, “I want to thank 3M for their continued support of the workforce needs in Advanced Manufacturing Technology, specifically Mechatronics where students immerse in learning automation and robotics and learn skills essential to keeping the production equipment running an troubleshooting with critical thinking skills.” Dr. Lombella added,” These students are going into living wage careers not just jobs! Together ACC and 3M are changing lives and positively impacting our state’s economy and its workforce needs!”


Asnuntuck has partnered with the company by providing student interns and was previously granted portable mechatronics labs from 3M’s Manufacturing & Academic Partnerships (MAP) program. The equipment, valued at $150,000, allowed the College to strengthen their partnerships with Enfield and Stafford High Schools, by incorporating Mechatronics into their 2019-2020 curriculum.


“Regional President James Lombella and CEO Michelle Coach have eloquently described what this generous scholarship donation affords our students. I concur my many thanks to 3M for their support of our students and our Advanced Manufacturing program at Asnuntuck,” said Mary Bidwell, Interim Dean of Advanced Manufacturing.


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