Northwestern Connecticut Community College welcomes about 1,400 students a year working to improve their lives by gaining career training and technical certificates or laying a foundation for a bachelor’s degree.
Many students qualify for student aid based on their income, but struggle to balance work, school and other responsibilities.
“A growing number of our students are finding it difficult to pay for college without having to work more hours than they would like to—work hours that interfere with their ability to take classes,” said Dr. Michael A. Rooke of Northwestern Connecticut Community College.
To help these students stay on track, NCCC maintains a student emergency fund that assists students with basic expenses that could potentially derail their education, such as rent, utilities or unexpected car repairs. About 40-50 students per year receive help from the fund.
A grant from the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation made these emergency funds available for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.
“Every student who receives assistance from the emergency fund is asked to eventually ‘pay it forward’ once they are able to, and just about every student enthusiastically embraces that idea.”