The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in Connecticut has announced grants totaling more than $1 million in support of education and job training programs in the greater Hartford region.
The grants reflect the foundation's efforts to work with partners to help area residents get and keep jobs by creating a system of high-quality education and workforce development programs. Awards include $405,000 to the YWCA Hartford Region for a pilot college completion and job readiness program for single mothers; $375,000 to Career Resources of Hartford for training, employment, and support services to reduce recidivism among individuals released from Connecticut prisons; and $300,000 to Goodwin College in East Hartford for a pilot program that aims to improve graduation rates among women facing significant barriers to attaining an associate's degree.
According to state data, only one in ten full-time students enrolled in Connecticut community colleges obtain an associate degree or certificate within three years, placing the state forty-seventh in the nation in that ctegory.
To help address the situation, the Goodwin College program will target first-generation women college students who are economically or educationally disadvantaged and committed to studying on a full-time basis. "These are students who are not disadvantaged in terms of their ability but in terms of their support systems, or lack thereof," said the college's president, Mark Scheinberg. "With the help of the Hartford Foundation, we can provide a comprehensive support system to these students from the moment they walk in our door, including mentorship, tutoring, peer activities, and case management."