Milford: The Gene Haas Foundation is boosting Platt Technical High School a with a $20,000 grant for its Precision Machining program. Platt is part of the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) and favorite of local manufacturers.

The grant will provide scholarships, help purchase tools and support national accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills Inc. (NIMS).

The Gene Haas Foundation offers grants to programs like Platt Tech’s Precision Machining program throughout the nation and has previously awarded Platt Tech $15,000 in 2015. 

New Haven law firm Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C. recently awarded scholarships to four LEAP students for $2,500 each at an annual event held on the campus of Gateway Community College. The four students were Denaysia Silva, Autumn Thomas, Ken’Nia Threatt and Lauren White. Ms. Silva will graduate from James Hillhouse High School and plans to attend Quinnipiac University; Ms. Thomas will graduate from West Haven High School and plans to attend Western Connecticut State University; Ms. Threatt will graduate from James Hillhouse High School and plans to attend Southern Connecticut State University; and Ms. White will graduate from Wilbur L. Cross High School and plans to attend the University of New Haven.

The students were chosen based on a “strong work ethic, a record of community service, commitment to their education, and a long and constructive relationship with LEAP.”

 WEST HAVEN — As Veterans Day approached, Military Times announced that the University of New Haven was one of 140 U.S. colleges to be named in the publication’s fifth annual “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” rankings. The rankings factor in the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates. (See related story this issue.)

According to Sean-Michael Green, UNH’s associate vice president for graduate enrollment and marketing. “I view this as a good starting point to expand our services to veterans. We will continue to build on this foundation with the goal of serving as a premier institution for veterans and service members not just in the U.S. but around the world.”

“Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” is an editorially independent news project that evaluates multiple factors that make an organization a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.

Only two Connecticut colleges made the 2014 list: UNH and the University of Connecticut.

For the full “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” rankings, visit