SNAP Boasts Most Successful Cohort to Date
Sixteen students who successfully completed courses at Goodwin College as part of its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training initiative were celebrated for their hard work and taking chances during a celebratory ceremony on September 26, 2014.
“What an incredible opportunity this College has afforded our citizens,” Congressman John Larson said. “Never give up. Always know that tomorrow is a brighter day.”
Larson was one of several dignitaries on hand to celebrate Goodwin’s largest and most successful SNAP cohort to date: 21 students from Bloomfield, Colchester, East Hartford, Hartford, and Vernon. Of those students, 16 attended the ceremony.
Established in 1971, SNAP benefits help low-income individuals purchase nutritious food. The Federal government provides the majority of funding for the SNAP program, with individual states following rules set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“It’s not where you start, it’s where you end up,” CT’s Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby told the students. “We all need a little help from time to time.”
Bremby lauded Goodwin’s implementation of the SNAP program, and praised the students for their efforts. Six of these students have already booked job interviews, and three have been offered employment.
“You have the skill, the ability, and the knowledge to complete whatever you’ve started,” Bremby told the students.
Goodwin College is one of four colleges in Connecticut offering training to SNAP participants. Since beginning its initiative earlier in 2014, 102 individuals have participated in the Goodwin program, resulting in an 87% completion rate.
The Goodwin program offers courses in Office Administration, Customer Service Training, and Security Guard & Administrative Training.
“This isn’t a transactional experience,” Goodwin President Mark Scheinberg said of the SNAP program. “It’s a transitional experience.”
Scheinberg said that he was proud of the graduates and happy that Goodwin College could provide a stepping-stone on their path to success.
“Being from a family that got our share of government food when I was a kid, there comes a point where you ask how to get from there to here,” Scheinberg said.
The president thanked the students for having faith in Goodwin. “It’s our turn to give our faith to you as well,” Scheinberg said.
A short reception followed the ceremony for the students, their families and guests.
“The real reason we’re here today is to thank you, our students, for participation in this program,” SNAP program administrator Erin Clark said. “Congratulations.”