A grant of $227,600 has been awarded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to Asnuntuck Community College, in Enfield, CT. The funding, to be distributed over a three year period, will assist the college in partially supporting a full-time Success Coach to work with the Supplemental Nutrition Employment and Training Program (SNAP) students. Funds will also be used to provide student support, as well as develop and implement a computer literacy class.

Asnuntuck Community College President James Lombella said the college is grateful for the Foundation’s support. “It is partnerships such as this that help Asnuntuck continue to meet its mission of offering students an affordable and accessible opportunity to continue their education.”

Since January 2014, ACC’s Office of Workforce Development has received Employment and Training funding from the Connecticut Department of Social Services to provide full scholarships for its healthcare career certificate programs to SNAP recipients. More recently, Advanced Manufacturing Technology was added to the list of programs approved for SNAP scholarships.  This training leads to industry credentials for jobs with high growth prospects.

As a result of enrolling SNAP students, Asnuntuck has experienced a surge in demand for tutoring, access to support resources, and job placement and retention services.  Funding received from the Foundation will be used to support services that will help students have a stronger retention rate.

Connecticut residents receiving SNAP assistance may be eligible to take one of ACC’s 13 Healthcare Career Certificate programs: Esthetician, Nail Technician, EMT, Phlebotomy and EKG Technician, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, Massage Therapist, Dental Assistant, Veterinary Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Ophthalmic Assistant, Certified Professional Coder, Certified Personal Trainer and Sterilization Technician, as well as an Advanced Manufacturing Technology certificate

Funds from the Hartford Foundation would be used to partially support a full-time Success Coach who will work with selected students to ensure they successfully complete their programs of study and land a job in their field.

Additionally, funding from the Foundation would be used to develop and provide a computer literacy class to students who lack the necessary computer skills to complete their coursework and to conduct their job search. 

In addition to SNAP scholarship funding, ACC students can take advantage of the college’s free, collaborative childcare services and free transportation on Enfield’s Magic Carpet bus system. For more information about Healthcare Career programming at ACC call the Department of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 860.253.3034 or 860.253.3066.  To learn more about the Advanced Manufacturing certificate, call 860-253-3189.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. In 2015, the Foundation celebrates 90 years of grantmaking in the Greater Hartford region, made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families, and organizations. It has awarded grants of more than $630 million since its founding in 1925. For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.