Winsted, CT – November 20, 2018 – Northwestern Connecticut Community College is pleased to announce the award of a $5,000 grant from the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. The grant funds will be used to support The NCCC Student Emergency Fund, which provides students with emergency short-term financial funds that allows them to continue with their studies when an unexpected expense challenges their ability to continue.
Funds from the Neighbor-to-Neighbor award will be used to help students in the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Connecticut region, which includes Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, and Warren.
“Since we are the only higher education option in the northwest corner, many students from this region drive 40 minutes or more to attend college,” said NCCC President Dr. Michael Rooke. “If they experience an unexpected expense, like car repairs for example, it might mean they can no longer get to their classes and continue their education. These funds will help provide an immediate relief to the added unforeseen challenges many of our students face.”
The NCCC Student Emergency Fund was created in 2016 through NCCC Foundation funding and private donations to assist students with financial needs based on the student’s specific need and individual circumstances.
“Since it began, our student emergency fund has helped dozens of students and made a significant difference in their ability to finish their degree or certificate,” said Rooke.
The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation was founded in 1987 to serve residents in the four counties where New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut meet. For more information go to www.berkshiretaconic.org.