NCC Donates an Office to Future 5

Norwalk Community College & Future 5 Collaborate…to Increase Positive Outcomes for Students

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Front row: Ann Rogers, Executive Director of the Norwalk Community College Foundation, Future 5 student Trevon and Future 5 coach Martha Cook. Back row: F5 students Stanley and Michelle, Future 5 coach Julie Horowitz, and Future 5 Founder & Executive Director Clif McFeely

Future 5, a nonprofit that helps motivated, low-income high school students in Stamford, CT graduate and connect to a better and sustainable education and career path, announced the opening of a new space at Norwalk Community College (NCC).

Future 5 students attending NCC and seeking help with academic, financial, time-management, and other challenges are now able to meet on-site with Future 5 coaches both by appointment and by drop-in. The new space, generously donated by NCC, is located in the Lifetime Learners Suite on the first floor of the West Campus. This space is optimal for student traffic and access to other nearby services. Two Future 5 volunteer coaches, New Canaan resident Martha Cook (MBA) and Norwalk resident Julie Horowitz (MHSA, LCSW), will provide office hours two afternoons per week, Monday and Thursday from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

“Community partnerships have proven to be a key ingredient in student success. Our goal is to significantly increase the number of NCC students who earn a high quality credential or Associate Degree leading to employment, or transfer to complete their Bachelor Degree. We are thrilled that Future 5 is now one of these key community resources,” said Ann Rogers, Executive Director of the Norwalk Community College Foundation.

Future 5 students enrolled at NCC are overwhelmingly from low-income backgrounds and accordingly need ongoing guidance and support. Given their strong sense of affiliation with Future 5, it makes sense for Future 5 to leverage their student relationships as much as possible during their NCC years. Currently 45+ Future 5 students attend NCC.

“The Future 5 – NCC Stay Connected collaboration was initiated to establish an on-campus support system for Future 5 high school graduates as they pursue their college and career path,” said Clif McFeely, Founder & Executive Director of Future 5. “For a large percentage of our Stamford high school graduates, NCC represents a critical step towards this goal. Improving the NCC retention and graduation rates is key to the success of our organization and is beneficial to NCC as well. We’re grateful for the donated space and our new partnership with NCC,” added McFeely.

The goal of the Future 5 – NCC Stay Connected collaboration is to increase positive outcomes for Future 5 students. Additional objectives include increasing the credential and degree awards of Future 5 students attending NCC and helping prepare these students to move on to a four-year college and/or a sustainable career.

If you are interested in learning more about Future 5 or volunteering to work with their high school student members, call (203) 358-8787.