Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Sherry Sherrod of Clarksdale, Miss. is training to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at Coahoma Community College, and despite not qualifying for financial aid, the program hasn’t cost her a dime.
That’s because Sherrod is taking advantage of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) Tuition Assistance Program to fund her education at CCC.
Developed by the Mississippi Department of Human Services Division of Field Operations in conjunction with the Mississippi Community College Board, the SNAP E&T program was designed to assist eligible SNAP recipients with tuition costs and other related educational expenses that are not covered by a Pell and other federal or state grants.
CCC is continuing its partnership with SNAP E&T to offer the unique program to eligible students enrolled in CCC Career and Technical Education as well as Short-term Health Sciences programs.
Trina Cox, CCC’s coordinator of career services and placement and SNAP E&T tuition assistance coordinator, said the program has been very beneficial.
“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is intended to assist eligible SNAP recipients by providing access to career and technical courses and/or short term programs,” said Cox. “This program will be beneficial to students who have exhausted their Pell, partial Pell Grant recipients or who are not Pell Grant eligible.”
For students like Sherrod, the program has been a godsend, helping them to accomplish their educational goals.
“I was able to do something I’ve been wanting to do for a long-time—attend college—at no cost to me,” she said. “I’m now able to get a long-term job because of this program.”
Sherrod said she applauds the partnership and hopes to see it continued.
“The program is a great way to get people into some studies they may want to pursue, but don't have the funds to pay for,” she said. “I'm really thankful for the help with my tuition.”
According to Cox, individuals may qualify for the SNAP Employment & Training Program at CCC if they are:
For more information on SNAP E&T or to determine eligibility, please contact your local Department of Human Services office.