Tunxis Community College Celebrates 18 Years in Downtown Bristol

Tunxis President James Lombella, Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, CSCU President Mark Ojakian, Victor Mitchell, Tunxis director of Business & Industry Services, and Tracy Ariel, executive director of Tunxis@Bristol.

Tunxis Community College celebrated 18 years of service at its Bristol satellite location,Tunxis@Bristol during an Open House on September 6 with college, state and city officials.

“We are here today to recognize the continued collaboration between the city of Bristol and Tunxis Community College, and to reaffirm our commitment to the community as we continue to grow our program offerings,” said Dr. James Lombella, President of Tunxis and Asnuntuck Community Colleges, who announced that Tunxis@Bristol will soon add credit Advanced Manufacturing Technology classes to its professional development course offerings, in addition to the program’s manufacturing courses in Farmington.

Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu and Mark Ojakian, President of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, also joined in remarks during the celebration.

Ojakian talked about the importance of partnerships and maintaining local presence in the community, and its impact on Connecticut’s workforce and economic development. “We have an obligation as a public higher education system to be ready when our citizens and our students are ready to either change their career, find a new direction, or get a new skill set that they are going to need to succeed, and this is one of those places,” he said.

In the last year, more than 2,700 students have received workforce training from Tunxis@Bristol, located at 430 North Main Street, Bristol. Tunxis@Bristol first opened its doors in 2000 as a result of collaboration among the college, city of Bristol, Bristol Chamber of Commerce, and businesses which enabled Tunxis to expand educational and training opportunities and serve the community in new ways.

For more information on professional development and customized training available through Tunxis@Bristol, call 860.314.4700. Visit the college website at


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