News Release
July 5, 2011

Contact: Maureen Dowdle 203-332-5078

Fairfield County Community Foundation Grant Awarded to Housatonic Community College
Funds will Support Minority Male Students

BRIDGEPORT - Paul Antinozzi, President of the Housatonic Community College Foundation, Inc. has announced that the Fairfield County Community Foundation has given $15,000 to support the HCC You Can Do It (YCDI) initiative, a program started in 2009 that is dedicated to helping minority male students achieve academic success.

The grant will provide the 2011-2012 students in the program with tuition and textbook assistance. As of this spring, the program has enrolled 45 students and will continue recruitment and enrollment activities into the academic year.

 The program helps minority male students master the skills necessary for academic success. Antinozzi says, “Historically and nation-wide, minority males have exhibited a low rate of college completion and academic success. YCDI was created to help improve this statistic by providing at-risk students with an environment where they feel welcomed, understood, motivated and supported to become successful students and contributing citizens of the Greater Bridgeport area. This grant will help YCDI students attend college full-time, get the help they need, and achieve success.”

 YCDI students are helped to envision positive futures by establishing and pursuing career goals and ensuring academic process while developing leadership skills through service to HCC and the community. Students receive individual mentoring and tutoring as well as weekly student sessions, and assistance in employment. Students also engage in peer tutoring at the college and a new program under development will provide opportunities for HCC’s YCDI students to tutor high school students.

 Karen Brown, Fairfield County Community Foundation Vice-President of Programs, says, “We are pleased that this grant gives Housatonic Community College support for You Can Do It. Assisting our citizens to become productive members of the community is very important and is consistent with the goals of our Foundation. We look forward to the continued positive results of this initiative that impacts the entire region.”

About Fairfield County Community Foundation

The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds and contribute to existing funds. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded over $110 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org <http://www.fccfoundation.org>

About the Housatonic Community College Foundation

The Housatonic Community College Foundation was formed in 1990 to assist the College and its students beyond the fundamentals provided by the state. The Foundation provides resources for scholarships, equipment, program enhancements, community outreach and support for the Housatonic Museum of Art. The College provides convenient and affordable post-secondary education and life-long learning to those in the Bridgeport area. For more information, visit www.hcc.commnet.edu/hccf <http://www.hcc.commnet.edu/hccf> . 

About Housatonic Community College

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at: www.hcc.commnet.edu <http://www.hcc.commnet.edu> .

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.