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Free Classes for SNAP-eligible Students

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system has expanded its partnership with the CT Dept. of Social Services,  making Connecticut the first state in New England to offer free classes to anyone eligible for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at all of its 12 community colleges, including Norwalk Community College.

Individuals who qualify for SNAP can now complete relevant coursework, for free, in more than 60 programs with high industry demand including Advanced Manufacturing, Allied Health and Emergency Medical Response.

SNAP participants seeking information on taking courses at Norwalk Community College can contact Jenine Carlson, Coordinator for the NCC Snap Employment &Training Program at jcarlson@norwalk.edu.

“This program trains residents for good-paying available jobs in Connecticut, while at the same time leveraging federal support,” said CSCU President Mark Ojakian. “We have a responsibility to provide a high quality educational experience to any student who is willing to put in the work to pursue one, and make sure they are able to compete in today’s job market.”

“Thanks to our outstanding partners in the CSCU system, we are now able to bring SNAP Employment & Training opportunities to every part of the state,” said Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby. “Students who are enrolled in SNAP can access our excellent community colleges and training for careers in high-demand occupations with a future.”

Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the CT Department of Social Services, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides food-purchasing assistance for low-income individuals and families living in the United States.

SNAP Employment & Training programs were created to help recipients gain skills, training, or experience to increase their ability to obtain regular employment.

For more information on Connecticut’s SNAP Employment & Training program, also called ‘CT Pathways,’ please visit www.ct.gov/snap/employmentandtraining.