Ortell, a research scientist, wants the college to focus on basic education as well as emerging technologies. Ortell said he supports drug-free schools and strong classroom discipline.
Pacheco said the college should improve its access to the community through the development of a stronger curriculum. He is the founder and president of a management consulting and training company, and has been a member of the state school superintendent's advisory council. Pacheco also is a former city commissioner in Norwalk and has been on the executive board of the United Way's Helpline youth counseling.