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NCC Receives Connecticut Campus Compact Community Partnership Award

Representatives from 18 Connecticut public and private colleges and universities recently joined Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman at The Hartford Club in Hartford in support of Connecticut Campus Compact (CTCC), a statewide coalition that advances the public and civic purpose of colleges and universities.

Connecticut Campus Compact hosted the 2nd Annual Awards Breakfast to promote and celebrate civic development and community engagement within its membership of colleges and universities in Connecticut.

At the Awards Breakfast, Norwalk Community College (NCC) and the Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) received the prestigious Campus-Community Partnership Award.

The Campus-Community Partnership Award recognizes outstanding campus-community partnerships that produce measurable improvements in and demonstrate a commitment to a community while enhancing higher education. This award is designed to help increase the number and the effectiveness of other campus-community partnerships.

Norwalk Community College provides a home base for the FCA ASPire! afterschool program for middle school children. By locating the ASPire! program on NCC’s campus, NCC students have the opportunity to act as tutors and role models for youth through service learning, work study, and student labor. Currently, 50 at-risk middle school students are served by the afterschool program on NCC’s west campus.

As part of the partnership, FCA has placed a social worker on the NCC campus to help support college students who are in need of social services. Approximately 20 percent of the students who seek these services do not have health insurance and have limited options to receive mental health care. To date, the FCA social worker has seen more than 150 NCC students for mental health counseling.

“It is an honor for Norwalk Community College’s partnership with The Family & Children’s Agency to be recognized by our peers in the Connecticut Campus Compact as an exemplar of college and community engagement. This partnership is so powerful because it is supporting multiple generations of students in achieving their educational goals,” said Dr. Pamela Edington, NCC Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs.

“Middle school students benefit from their location on a college campus while being supported in their academic and social development. NCC students have the opportunity to act as role models for younger students while learning how to apply college-level material in a real-world setting,” Dr. Edington noted. “By leveraging each organization’s strengths, it’s a win for everyone--students, NCC, FCA and the community at-large!”

The partnership between NCC and FCA is both solid and evolving, and an enduring part of both organizations’ future planning.

Since the partnership began, the college has provided FCA in-kind support of more than $100,000. The partnership also attracted $125,000 in joint funding from a local corporation.

Robert Cashel, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Agency, said, “Through daily exposure to a college campus, we have seen our students shift from not having attendance at an institute of higher learning as a goal to it becoming an integral part of the future.”

Other winners from the 2nd Annual Awards Breakfast include Dr. Jen Klug from Fairfield University, who received the Faculty Engaged Scholarship; and James Barber from Southern Connecticut State University, who received the President’s Choice Award.

About Campus Compact
Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents dedicated to advancing the public purposes and civic mission of colleges and universities.

With a national office and 34 state affiliates including Connecticut, Campus Compact promotes community engagement that develops students’ civic learning and commitment; assists campuses forge effective, reciprocal community partnerships; and positions higher education to be a vital contributor to our communities and democracy.

Locally, Connecticut Campus Compact achieves this mission by deepening their ability to implement all forms of public engagement, providing civic pathways to academic and career success, and nurturing a culture of engaged citizenship on campus and within communities. Twenty-nine colleges and universities in Connecticut – public and private, research and Ivy League university – are members of Connecticut Campus Compact.

To view a video produced by Connecticut Campus Compact about the NCC afterschool program partnership with Family & Children’s Agency, go to: https://files.fairfield.edu:8443/xythoswfs/webview/_xy-5788006_1

For more information, contact:
Pamela Edington, Ed.D. NCC Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs (203)857-7309; pedington@norwalk.edu