Tunxis Community College is a two-year school in Farmington, Connecticut offering associate degrees in a number of programs. More than 7,000 students are enrolled at the school, which is named after the Tunxis Indian Tribe. It is one of 12 community colleges that compose the Connecticut College System.
The college is accredited by the Connectiuct Board of Governors for Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. It was founded in 1969, and has grown tremendously since it first opened in 1970 with more than 400 students in its first class. It primarily serves the Bristol-New Britain and Farmington Valley Areas.
Tunxis offers students a number of different educational options, including pursing degrees or certificates in dental hygiene, physical therapy assistant, graphic design, visual fine arts, business administration (with concentrations in accounting, finance, among others), business technology, criminal justice, computer information systems, drug and alcohol recovery, early childhood education, engineering, math, human services, liberal arts, new media communication, among others. The college also offers a certificate program in English as Second Language.
There are also programs for continuing education, workforce training and high school students. The college participates in the College Careers Pathway Progam, which allows juniors and seniors in high school to take college-level courses if they live in the Tunxis service area.
Tunxis Community College also offers students a number of transfer options to four-year schools. For students hoping to transfer to the University of Connecticut, the school offers a guaranteed admission program if certain criteria are met. Tunxis also has an agreement with Connecticut State Universities that allow dual admission at the Tunxis and the school of the student’s choice, assuming all regulations are followed. There are also agreements available with a number of other colleges and universities, and Tunxis recommends students meet with an academic advisor once they are enrolled to figure out what requirements must be fulfilled to participate in the transfer program.
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One unique program at Tunxis Community College is the Fresh Start Option. It allows any student whom had a poor academic performance during a prior tenure at the school a second change to get their grades up. Students must not have taken classes at Tunix for two years, must be on probation or academic suspension, and have a GPA that falls below 2.0. Students receive credit for courses they previously taken, but the program will not change any grades.
To apply for admission at Tunxis Community College, students must submit an application and have graduated from high school or received their GED, along with an application fee. Following admission, all new students must take the Accu-placer assessment test to determine whether the student is ready for college-level coursework in English and math.
Along with the typical college financial aid options like grants and student loans, Tunxis Community College offers students a number of local scholarships. Those scholarships include The President’s Academic Excellence Scholarship, the Miranda Early Childhood Education Scholarship, Faculty Scholarships, the Hartford Foundation Scholarship, the Tunxis Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarship, the AT&T Scholarship, the Whitney Scholarship, the Wal-Mart Scholarship, the David W. Partain Scholarship, the Tunxis Retirees Scholarship, the Clinton Roberts Foundation Scholarship, the Colleen Keyes Scholarship, the D. Jean Lewis Memorial Award, Sydelle B. Seltzer Dental Hygiene Scholarship, and the college’s alumni scholarship, among others.
More than 50 percent of all students at Tunxis Community College receive some sort of financial aid.
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There are more than 20 clubs available for students on the Tunxis Community College campus. The Student Government Association is considered the lead organization for the student body. Other clubs on campus include the African Students Union, the Dental Assisting Club, the Celebration of Womanhood Club, the Human Services Club, the Muslim Student Association, the Tunxis Finance and Accounting Club, the Tunxis Community College Outdoor Club, the Tried ‘N’ True Bible Ministries Club, the Tunxis Student Newspaper, among others.
Tunxis Community College offers students a career counseling office on campus to help them explore job possibilities. Students receive an assessment of their skills, and have access to various tools to aid in the job search, including employment databases, resume help, tutorials on how to conduct a job search and strategies to use in an interview.
For students needing academic help, Tunxis offers an Academic Support Center. At the center, students are given a basic skills test that asses math, English, reading and writing levels, free tutoring in reading, writing math and English as a Second Language, help for special needs students and a number of workshops to help students keep up with the rigors of a college-level course load. The workshops focus on notetaking, time management, college-level writing, ESL and alleviating anxiety for students whom stress out over tests.
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Tunxis Community College offers students a number of personal enrichment programs. The college’s Combined Basic Safe Boating/Personal Watercraft program is a 10-hour course. The program’s instructors are state Department of Environment Protection Boating Division employees. Once a student passes the course, they receive a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate. There is also a certificate for Personal Watercraft Operators. The program is also offered to non-students.
A second course on the water is the Tunxis Community College course in Coastal Navigation. Students learn boating skills, including hands-on charting, plotting, using nautical charts and tools, how to read longitude and latitude, reading a compass, etc. Once the course is completed, students receive a state Coastal Boaters Endorsement. The program is also offered to non-students.
A Connecticut state law requires all motorcycle riders must complete a rider education program. To that end, Tunxis Community College offers one for students and non-students. The program has won the National Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Outstanding Community Training Sponsor Award. There are two options for people wishing to take the course. The basic motorcycle course is for people with little or no riding experience. The experienced rider course is for people that have a wealth of experience. It focuses on advanced motorcycle techniques, including braking, evasive maneuvers and turning.
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