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How will Connecticut schools spend $1 billion in coronavirus relief funds? Fixing buildings, hiring educators and expanding mental health support top the list.

With more than $1 billion federal coronavirus relief dollars going to Connecticut’s K-12 schools, some districts finally have the funds to fix older buildings, hire more educators and expand mental health supports — as well as an opportunity to prove to governing bodies that such initiatives are worth continuing to finance, even after the relief money is gone. Patrice McCarthy, deputy director ...
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Connecticut officials encourage families to take advantage of summer enrichment programs aimed at making up for missed classroom time

Kindergarten enrollment rates greatly declined across the state last year due to the pandemic. In response, government and public education officials arranged 36, free-of-cost, early childhood enrichment programs throughout Connecticut this summer to make up for preschool and classroom-like experiences — and there are spots remaining. The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood partnered with ...
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COVID-19: CT Community Colleges Forgive $17M In Student Debt

The president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities has announced debt relief for community college students hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Debt the students took on that they can’t repay due to the pandemic will be forgiven, CSCU said. In total, $17 million in debt will be forgiven, and it will be paid for with money from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
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Connecticut University System Plans To Forgive $17M In Student Loan Debt

The state university system in Connecticut said it will forgive about $17 million worth of student loan debt that students took on during the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system say about 18,000 community college students will have their debt forgiven. There are no conditions attached, and students don’t have to enroll in any future classes.
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Connecticut announces $17M in debt forgiveness for community college students enrolled during COVID-19 pandemic

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system on Tuesday announced it is wiping the slate clean for more than 18,000 community college students who took on debt or couldn’t repay debt because of the coronavirus pandemic. CSCU will forgive a total of $17 million in account balances from enrollments in the summer 2019 through spring 2021 semesters, President Terrance Cheng said. The ...
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Connecticut graduate student competing on Jeopardy!

Matt Amodio, a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at Yale University, competed on the quiz show “Jeopardy!” on Wednesday night. Contestants are sworn to secrecy about how they did on the show. Wednesday’s show was filmed in April, and Amodio has been keeping the results to himself until now. Amodio won the match, which means he will also appear on the show Thursday and perhaps beyond that. ...
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CSCU to forgive $17 million in community college student debt

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system announced Tuesday it will forgive $17 million in community college student debt accrued during the pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) will provide the funds to relieve the debt of 18,161 current and former students from summer 2019 to spring 2021. In addition to HEERF providing $17 million, CSCU has used federal stimulus funding to give $56 million to students in community colleges across the state to help with costs such as tuition.
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Free Summer Program Lifting Up Young Women in Southeastern CT

College tours, engineering, guest lectures and yoga by the beach: those are just some of the activities young women in southeastern Connecticut are enjoying at a free summer program in Norwich. The program is being run by S.T.E.P.S. Inc., which is based in Groton. "S.T.E.P.S. is a very unique program...
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Connecticut Summer Program Teaches Girls About STEM Careers

(TNS) — At Three Rivers Community College on Monday, teenage girls and adults teaching them about careers in science, technology, engineering and math gathered around a table to make necklaces using patterns of beads to signify words in Morse code. The participants of the STEM summer program had just heard...
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CSCU forgiving $17M in community college student debt

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) will forgive about $17 million in community college student debt accumulated during the pandemic. “Community college students have to make choices between work and family and their education,” CSCU President Terrence Cheng said. “Our ability to wipe the slate clean and make it as easy for them to return to the classrooms to continue pursuing their educations and their lives, that’s what CSCU is all about.”
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Eastern receives National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant

Eastern Connecticut State University is one of 61 organizations nationwide selected to receive a 2021-22 Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant of $20,000 — the maximum NEA provides — will support a community reading program centered around “The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui. From October 2021 until January 2022, Eastern will host a series of events related to the book and its subject matter.