Asnuntuck. It means “fresh water” in the Native American tongue. When it comes to post-secondary education, Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut certainly offers fresh perspectives. Its range of associates’ degrees and professional certification options incorporates such pioneering fields as lean manufacturing, supply chain management and wastewater technology studies. Impressively, the Manufacturing Technology Center here boasts that 95% of its students are already connected with a job by the time they graduate. Plus, ACC offers no fewer than three distinct partnership programs, by which high school seniors can dual-enroll and get a jump on a degree early. For busy parents balancing life with school, Asnuntuck provides day-care and a children’s reading room that are totally free, in exchange for just two volunteer hours per week of the parent’s time. And life here is exciting beyond the classroom: a dedicated Student Activities Committee plans regular parties, concerts, and lots more. For whatever educational needs these 1,500 students from eight surrounding counties may express, Asnuntuck Community College is there.