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CT Community Colleges Offer Free Classes to SNAP Eligible Students

CT Community Colleges Offer Free Classes to SNAP Eligible Students

Liberty Bank Foundation has a long record of supporting community colleges in our market area. Quite clearly, they’re a perfect fit with our emphasis on education. But by investing in community-college scholarships, we’re simultaneously addressing other priorities important to us — basic needs and employment. Thinking along the same lines, CT community colleges and universities just made it even easier for low-income students to get an education to get ahead. The CSUC (CT State Universities and Colleges) has announced the availability of free courses to any SNAP-eligible student.

“We have many people who are hungry, who are homeless and we have a responsibility to find ways to educate them so that they can provide for themselves and their families into the future,” CSCU President Mark Ojakian said. Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick Bremby further noted that often times people are working, but they don’t make enough money to support themselves or their families.

This expanded effort … a partnership between CSCU CT and the Department of Social Services … makes Connecticut the first state in New England to offer free classes to anyone eligible for SNAP at all of its 12 community colleges.

Individuals who qualify for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can now complete relevant coursework, for free, in over 60 programs with high industry demand, including advanced manufacturing, allied health and emergency medical response.

Capital Community College (one of our grantees) was the first CSCU institution to implement SNAP Employment & Training more than 10 years ago. Over 70 percent of students are employed within six months after completion and 1,200 have enrolled in the program for this academic year.

Great partnership! We’re all for unique approaches that ultimately help families improve their financial security.