Ferguson, Duff tour Henry Abbott Technical High School

March 18, 2018 GMT

DANBURY — State Reps. Michael Ferguson, R-Danbury, and Will Duff, R-Bethel, visited Henry Abbott Technical High School last week to learn about the school’s programs and promote bills that support manufacturing jobs.

The school, which serves more than 600 students from 18 towns, recently received a major renovation to create new, state-of-the-art shop facilities, computer labs and classrooms.

The representatives met the principal, students, teachers, staff and superintendent of the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System.

Administrators told the representatives that it is difficult for the school to hire staff quickly because of state bureaucracy. Ferguson and Duff said the state should make it a priority to streamline the hiring process, according to a release.

Duff last week voted in favor of two bills that would support manufacturing jobs in the state by establishing public-private partnerships for apprenticeship programs, among other aims.