Clark State Community College has fully implemented the Community College Acceleration Program (CCAP) in partnership with the Ohio department of Job and Family Services (JFS).
Clark State was one of only five colleges in the state of Ohio selected for the CCAP pilot program. Through the program, Clark State is able to provide qualified students additional assistance with everyday needs - childcare, public transportation, automobile – and now a limited number of laptop computers are available on loan.
“We have memorandums of understanding with five county JFS offices to help identify SNAP E&T students,” said Nina Wiley, dean of student engagement and support services at Clark State. “Students must request eligible expenses and be in degree or certificate programs that align with in-demand occupations.”
The SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) program helps SNAP participants gain skills, training or work experience to increase their ability to obtain regular employment that leads to economic self-sufficiency. Additionally, the E&T program offers a way to allow SNAP recipients to meet SNAP work requirements.
Wiley said when students apply for emergency funding, Clark State shares the information with the department of JFS in their county of residence.
“We don’t want to duplicate our services, but maximize them,” said Wiley. “It’s about supporting our students and lifting them up.”
When a student qualifies for SNAP E&T through JFS, Clark State is then reimbursed for up to 50 percent of emergency funds that are allocated to students.
“Reimbursements are reinvested directly back into our emergency fund program to provide funding opportunities for more students,” said Wiley.
State funding for the Laptop Loaner Program also allows Clark State to provide technical access for students who need it. The laptops are reserved for eligible SNAP E&T students thus increasing their access to college and success in the classroom.
“Our goals for the program are to increase college access and completion, strengthen career pathway advancement and connect students to in-demand occupations,” said Wiley.