Free Career Training for SNAP Recipients at Asnuntuck


 Persons receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) assistance may now be eligible to take one of Asnuntuck Community College’s 11, in-demand Healthcare Career Certificate programs for free. These programs include EMT, Phlebotomy & EKG Tech, Medical Assistant, Massage Therapy, Dental Assistant, Vet Assistant, Pharmacy Tech, Opthalmic Assistant, Safety Dispatcher Certified Professional Coder and Sterilization Technician. Asnuntuck has recently been accepted as the latest partner in the SNAP E&T Program, a federally-funded initiative that provides scholarships for SNAP recipients to receive the training needed to obtain jobs, with high growth prospects. These scholarships are administered at the State level via the Department of Social Services.


Boasting a nearly 100 percent graduation rate and job placements/externships at upwards of 80 percent, ACC’s Healthcare Career Certificate programs have been recognized for being some of the most successful classroom to career programs in the region. In a matter of weeks to months, ACC Healthcare Career Certificate students obtain the hands-on experience they need to secure jobs in Phlebotomy, Massage Therapy, Medical Coding, Veterinary Assistant and much more.


“We are pleased to partner with the DSS and offer up to $200,000 in scholarships this semester that will go directly to student training,” said Eileen Peltier, the college’s Associate Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education. “Here at Asnuntuck, we constantly strive to take down barriers to education so that all of our students can reach their fullest potential. This new SNAP E&T scholarship fund is yet another example of how we can effectively achieve this mission.”

In addition to SNAP scholarship funding, ACC students can also take advantage of the college’s free, collaborative daycare services and free transportation via Enfield’s Magic Carpet bus system.


Note: SNAP recipients receiving TANF (Temporary Aid To Needy Families) funds are not eligible for the ACC scholarship.


For more information on the scholarship, programs, eligibility and more please call (860) 253-3066 or (860) 253-3034; e-mail: or visit