State officials will be heading to UConn in Storrs this afternoon to celebrate a program that will infuse the state university with $1.5 billion dollars in state funding.
The program is called Next Generation Connecticut and it is meant is to create a highly trained workforce that will stay in the state long after graduation, create companies and ultimately more jobs for the state.
Officials said this funding will allow the school to put a new emphasis on science, technology and math, add more academic programs and accept 6,500 additional students.
With the money, UConn will double its staff by hiring an additional 250 faculty members and school officials said the funding should help them keep the price of tuition down.
There will be a ceremony at 1 p.m. on Monday to celebrate the huge announcement.
It will be held at UConn in the lobby of the Information Technologies Engineering Building, which is located 371 Fairfield Way in Storrs.
The governor, UConn president Susan Herbst, additional UConn officials and state lawmakers will attend.