Foundation-Funded Programs

Path2Success

In 2018, the NCC Foundation funded a pilot program to provide scholarship recipients in the 2.3 to 3.4 GPA range with a master’s level success coach. Data and experience suggest that students falling within this GPA range are the most likely to struggle to maintain their academic standing and progress towards graduation. Path2Success (P2S) was based on the coaching model and success of the earlier Path programs, and eventually students from the original programs were incorporated into P2S, combining academic coaching and financial support to guide students toward their academic goals.

The 2024-2025 Path2Success Coaching Program and Scholarship application is now open, and closes on June 30, 2024.

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ESL Summer Bridge

These programs are designed for incoming high school graduates who have placed into remedial classes. Students benefit from increased skills and savings in time and money. Summer Bridge classes are offered in person and virtually, ensuring that students with work or family obligations can schedule around the three-week intensive courses.

UPLIFT

UPLIFT is a student support program that empowers men of color by aligning services with students’ needs through each stage of the college journey, clarifying college expectations for participants and ensuring they successfully matriculate and succeed in their courses and ultimately graduate from CT State Norwalk. Supports are bundled, integrating academic and non-academic services through UPLIFT-dedicated advisors, coaches, tutoring, mentoring, and weekly gatherings.

Makerspace

A place where students can come together to create and explore. The CT State Norwalk Makerspace is a large workplace, lined with supplies, tools, 3D printers, a laser cutter and centered by an expansive worktable. There, students gather to receive instruction, sketch out ideas, exchange knowledge, and bring their ideas to life.

Vet Tech

Started in 2017, the Veterinary Technician program was born from a shortage of veterinarians and veterinary technicians in Connecticut. Aligning educational programs to meet the needs of local employers is integral to the Foundation’s work. Graduates from the program are already working in local veterinary clinics.

Campus Events

Academically enriching and entertaining special events foster a sense of community at CT State Norwalk. Foundation sponsored events include a spring musical, a common read program, festivals, speakers and music on campus.

Student Emergency Fund

The CT State Norwalk Emergency Fund was established in 2020 by the NCC Foundation to help students with urgent, one-time financial shortfalls when the pandemic created hurdles for some already struggling students who were working to advance their education. Since then, the NCC Foundation enabled the College to provide over $216,000 in emergency funding to qualified students dealing with issues ranging from food and housing insecurity to technology costs, utilities, and transportation.