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NCC Receives Sustaining Innovation Award from Annie E. Casey Foundation

Norwalk Community College was one of 10 colleges nationwide to receive a Sustaining Innovation Award from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and MDC Inc. for its four years of work with the Centers for Working Families.

The award was recently presented at the National Center for Working Families Convening, a conference held at Skyline College in California.

NCC’s Family Economic Security program (FESP) is designed to help support students who are parents by helping them to meet their personal, academic, career and financial goals through workshops, personalized coaching and direct financial support.

FESP is an innovative partnership of Norwalk Community College, the Fairfield County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls and the Norwalk Community College.

The program is based on the Center for Working Families (CWF) model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It is one of 15 such CWF programs located at community colleges across the country and the only program to focus on adult learners and students with children.

While at the conference, NCC President David L. Levinson, Ph.D. served on a panel with nine college presidents, who spoke about their commitment to reducing poverty and strengthening families through educational opportunities.

Pictured in Photo:
Karen Murrell, Consultant, Annie E. Casey Foundation ; Kristina Testa-Buzzee, Director of FESP; NCC President Dr. David Levinson; NCC Foundation Board Vice President Eleanor Riemer; and Colin Austin, MDC Inc. Senior Program Director.