Fairfield Leads Connecticut College Corps Recruitment and Training Efforts

Fairfield Leads Connecticut College Corps Recruitment and Training Efforts

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Through the program, 500 college students will be trained by Fairfield faculty and staff to work at K-12 summer enrichment programs statewide.

We look forward to providing the necessary training to these young adults so they are equipped to make a difference in the lives of children throughout the state this summer.

— President Mark R. Nemec, PhD

In collaboration with the Connecticut Office of Higher Education, Connecticut’s State Department of Education, and public and private higher education institutions across the state, Fairfield University has recruited 500 college students who will be trained to provide operational support for K-12 educational programs this summer.

The Connecticut College Corps Program is the collaboration of a statewide working group of higher education institutions seeking to support K-12 summer enrichment. It was created in response to Governor Ned Lamont’s plan to provide engaging educational experiences for K-12 students who have had their school years significantly disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The program was developed by the AccelerateCT Education Task Force. The Connecticut College Corps initiative is being funded by $1.5 million of Connecticut’s Coronavirus Relief Funds, in addition to $1.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds under a proposal that the governor submitted to the state legislature.

“Thousands of students have had their school years significantly disrupted from the pandemic and it is critical that we help them have a stimulating summer and an engaging educational experience,” Governor Lamont said. “Our administration is launching the Connecticut College Corps as a way to provide K-12 students with much needed summer enrichment opportunities in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, while at the same time giving college students experiences that will improve their career opportunities.”

As part of Fairfield’s recruitment and training efforts — spearheaded by School of Education and Human Development Dean Laurie Grupp, PhD, in collaboration with a planning committee — the 500 Corps members will receive one week of specialized training prior to being matched with summer enrichment programs throughout the state. Corps members will also participate in weekly cohort meetings with mentors who will provide ongoing guidance, resources, and support. All Corps members who complete the program requirements will receive a $4,500 stipend.

“Fairfield University is honored to be the home for the Connecticut College Corps,” said Fairfield University President Mark R. Nemec, PhD. “Connecticut’s higher education institutions have worked collaboratively and in strong partnership with the state since last March. We are eager to continue that partnership in the form of the Connecticut College Corps, and we look forward to providing the necessary training to these young adults so they are equipped to make a difference in the lives of children throughout the state this summer.”

To learn more about the College Corps CT Summer program visit fairfield.edu/collegecorps.

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