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NCC FESP Program Wins Regional Award at NASPA Conference

The Family Economic Security Program (FESP) of Norwalk Community College recently received the Regional Exemplary Program of the Year award at the 2012 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Regional Conference. NCC ‘s Kristina Testa-Buzzee, Director of FESP, received the award on behalf of the college. The NCC FESP program is now in the running for the National Program of the Year award.

Programs are selected for awards based on the following criteria:
• Innovation and creativity
• Contribution to student development and/or professional development
• Contribution to the home institution
• Timeliness of topic

The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Conference is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. It serves a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities. Founded in 1919, NASPA comprises more than 13,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories.

Norwalk Community College formally began a partnership with the Fairfield County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls and the Norwalk Community College Foundation, in 2008 to initiate an innovative student support program for student parents which evolved into the Family Economic Security Program.

FESP is designed to help low and middle-income families increase their self-sufficiency through college degree attainment. FESP is adapted from the Center for Working Families model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. For more information, please contact Kristina Testa-Buzzee, NASPA Community College Division Representative for Region 1,, 203 857-7220.