Connecticut schools ranked third in nation in recent study
The financial advice and planning website WalletHub has released an in-depth report on the nation’s schools (all 50 states plus the District of Colombia). Connecticut schools locked third on the list, coming in just behind neighbors Massachusetts (1) and New Jersey (2). In terms of ‘Quality’ score, Connecticut landed at a proud second, but overall scores were affected by the CT public schools’ ‘Safety’ record, which placed the state at 11. Connecticut was often among the top five states for the metrics used to judge the successes of schools. Top five placements include: Highest Median ACT Score, Lowest Teacher-Pupil Ratio, and Highest Reading Test Scores. We encourage you to read more about the rankings and methodologies for this particular study at the link.
U.S. News even listed Hartford as recently as June 27 of this year), and our own research has indicated that individuals within our particular community like living in Connecticut and appreciate the lifestyle, history, and environment the state has to offer.
Significant to businesses in the state, over half of graduating students from Connecticut schools attend higher education at home, as well. With that in mind, the retention of these students upon graduation is key to the continued growth of Connecticut businesses, particularly those we serve in the tech arena. Whether driving students directly from Connecticut schools into the skilled trades and high-tech manufacturing jobs required to keep the wheels of industry turning here in the Nutmeg state, or picking up the best in coding and engineering graduates from our world-class colleges and universities, CT needs to up its resident-retention game. We’re a leading part of building the kind of culture that will do just that, and the Connecticut Technology Council is taking a multi-pronged approach to achieve this aim among many.
Coolest Tech Workplace Award. Whether a startup that calls a tricked-out garage space home, or a titan who has invested in an innovation lab amid their old cubicles, the Coolest Tech Workplace is about the convergence of architecture, culture, technology, and creativity. Co-working locations, entrepreneurs who have transformed their spaces, and all others are invited to apply with a short 1-5 minute video or slideshow showcasing what makes their teach or tech-enabled workplace the best in the state. The Connecticut Technology Council will use the multi-media submissions in aggregate videos and promotions, demonstrating that Connecticut companies are on the cutting edge, not only in what they produce, but in the cultures and environments that do and should attract the best in talent nationwide. All submitting companies then also have a useful tool to use in talent retention and acquisition, marketing, and more. Applications for this award are due September 14. Information can be found here.
2018-19 mark the transition to a new and more ambitious Connecticut Technology Council as we enter our 25th year. We’re not just working toward the betterment and growth of the tech companies in Connecticut, but of the culture toward business in the state. We understand how vitally important it is for Connecticut’s talent to stay, thrive, and grow in state in the immediate and for years to come. Join us as we celebrate these milestones and the road ahead, at ConnectiTECH, at every win during the College Tech Challenges, and beyond. With a culture like the one we envision, Connecticut won’t just be in the top 3 for best public education, but leading in the tech industry, as well.