Asnuntuck Community College is one of several area colleges to receive grant funding from Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. A grant of $45,485 has been awarded to Asnuntuck Community College’s Foundation. The funding will be utilized throughout the upcoming year to support improved persistence of Black and Latinx low-income students enrolled in two-year degree and certificate programs at the college.

Foundation funds are to be used to increase access to technology for Second Chance Pell (SCP) students (inmates) in the Enfield area to restart classes terminated due to COVID-19 and for students enrolled on campus unable to continue in remote learning environment, funds will be allocated toward the purchase of laptops for students.

Asnuntuck’s Interim CEO Michelle Coach applauded the Foundation’s generosity. “Asnuntuck Community College is incredibly thankful for the generous grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.” Dr. Coach continued, “Our in-need campus students will have laptops to continue their learning online.  Our Second Chance Pell program will receive the technology needed for a virtual classroom in four different facilities.” She added, “We are thankful that we can collaborate with the Connecticut State Department of Correction to continue the education of our incarcerated students during this pandemic and for years to come.  Online learning will now become an option for many more students.”

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. Made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations, the Foundation has awarded grants of more than $785 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.