NORWICH, Conn. (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is highlighting how the president’s proposal to create partnerships between community colleges and businesses is already underway in some Connecticut cities and towns.

The Democratic senator on Friday is visiting Three Rivers Community College in Norwich. The state-run school works with Seconn Fabrication, a precision sheet metal manufacturer in Waterford, to train students to work at the company and provide continuing education after they’ve been hired.

Blumenthal is also scheduled to visit a program at Windsor High School where students have internships and are able to shadow employees at Alstrom Power, a renewable energy company.

During his State of the Union address this week, President Barack Obama called on community colleges and businesses to work together to help train and place two million skilled workers.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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