September 14, 2016

For immediate release

Contact: Esther Watstein 203-332-5226
Anisha Thomas 203-332-5983

Housatonic Community College VISTA Grant Helps Develop a College-Wide Financial Literacy Program

Trumbull Resident Hired to Implement Program

HCC has received a grant from the Connecticut Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program which enables the college to establish a college-wide program in Financial Literacy. The goal is to assist students to stay in college and graduate.

Those HCC students who experience financial burdens are often unable to stay in school as they deal with the rising cost of living, uncertain job security, and low-paying jobs that need an education in order to advance.

The HCC Career Services Center recently expanded its mission and became the Office of Career Services, Internships and Experiential Learning (CSIEL). This office which offers optional financial literacy education will now have the funds make this a viable college-wide program. Haakon Weyel has joined HCC as an AmeriCorps VISTA representative serving with Connecticut College Compact and will develop a comprehensive Financial Literacy program at HCC.

Weyel is a Trumbull resident and a graduate of UConn with a degree in Political Science and certificate in Nonprofit Management. His work experience also includes Financial Aid and Public Policy at UConn. In addition to the Financial Literacy program at HCC, Weyel will also work with the CSIEL in creating additional community partnerships to enhance students’ educational and job-ready experience through internships.

For further information about the program, contact Anisha Thomas at 203-332-5983 or email athomas@housatonic.edu.