The coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic is causing uncertainty and challenges for all of us as we join in the public health responses of social isolation and other measures to “flatten the curve.”
For Capital Community College students financial and personal burdens are growing in this crisis as so many balance work that may no longer be available, study and caring for family in pursuit of their educations. While teaching and learning through distance learning continues, new hardships will confront students in the immediate future.
As it is students come to the College recognizing that their ticket out of poverty lies in a postsecondary degree; however, as first-generation college students, they face challenges to overcome obstacles that stymie their progress Most (90%) of first-time , full-time degree-seekers qualify for scholarship aid, and many (64%) students qualify for some form of federal or institutional aid.
“Equity advocates say the coronavirus could knock community college students off track if it jeopardizes their employment, their ability to make rent or mortgage payments, or their access to food,” according to a March 19th Education Dive story 3 ways community colleges can support students during the coronavirus crisis. Author Natalie Schwartz wrote “receive less government funding per student than public four-year universities, have had fewer resources to prepare for the outbreak. Given that their students also are more likely to be low income and have children than those attending bachelor’s institutions, two-year schools are tasked with addressing the virus on several fronts.”
The Capital Community College Foundation invites donations to address unexpected expenses for eligible students amid the pandemic. The Foundation is strengthening the Capital Cares Fund with matching funds from the 21st Century endowment.
The Capital Cares Fund addresses basic living expenses such as food or rent, utility or medical bills. It will expand on college microgrants with tools for learning including tablets, laptops, books and costs related to distance learning for eligible students who otherwise won’t be able to participate.
Individuals who want to join the networking Peer-To-Peer campaign to raise funds for Capital Cares Fund may contact the Foundation and Advancement office:
860-906-5102; E-mail: CAfirstname.lastname@example.org
The CCC Foundation is turning to its own available resources to help and invites friends, alumni, faculty and staff to respond with a donation to this special Capital Cares Fund.
Gifts, no matter the amount, will help get vulnerable students through this difficult time.
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For more information call 860-906-5102 (leave a message and your call will be returned)