bertolinoFocus: Raising The Profile and A Commitment To Community

Dr. Joe Bertolini, a boyish looking 52 and  a native of southern New Jersey, is the new president of Southern Connecticut State University. SCSU serves more than 10,000 students with 440 full time faculty and 1,100 staff. Mark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system and former chief of staff to Governor Dannel Malloy, led the search that chose him. Bertolini has an extensive administrative background in higher education. His most recent job was president of Lyndon State College, a small Liberal Arts college [1,500 students] in the Northeast Vermont community of Lyndonville. He was a VP at Queens College in New York and a Dean of Community Development at Barnard College of Columbia University in addition to holding administrative positions at colleges in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and SUNY on Long Island. Bertolini has a doctorate from Columbia’s Teacher’s College, a Master in Social Work from Rutgers, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton.

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.”