The Employment and Training Program provides SNAP recipients with career training, mentoring, and support services to prepare them for job opportunities in the fields of allied health and other fields. Middlesex Community College is pleased to offer SNAP recipients access to federally-funded scholarships, which are administered through the state’s Department of Social Services (DSS), to attend one of these career training programs.
Plan for the Fall 2021 Semester
Class schedule info at https://mxcc.edu/ce/.
How do I qualify?
- You must NOT receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Be fully able to work at end of certificate program.
- We do criminal background checks with our application.
- Students with a “HOLD” in the CT college system cannot register for SNAP Training. **This means you owe money, do not have immunizations up to date, or have missing documents.
- May need to pass free basic college level testing in Math (Pharmacy Tech) or English for an application. ***Testing Info at https://mxcc.edu/take-accuplacer/.
- ***Exempt if passed college level classes in these subjects. Bring a copy of the transcript.
- If basic Math and English are rusty – contact your city’s adult education program. MxCC has FREE classes with Fast Track Math and English. Listed on the class MxCC web site.
The MxCC CT Pathway program currently offers only the following non-credit courses and vary by semester. The MxCC Continuing Ed online course listing has times and dates at
The application process:
- Download and complete the SNAP E & T application packet (Fill in, save and scan/email to coordinator by email at email@example.com or bring to MxCC.)
- EBT card or benefit letter
- Interview with Program Coordinator
Student Success Stories
Dakota Summer’s unique story is one of many experiences, HOPE, perseverance, and very hard work. Dakota, who identifies as a non-binary person, came to MxCC needing a way to make more than minimum wage while being enrolled in a three-year graduate degree program at one of the state universities. As a CT Pathways recipient, Dakota was able to advance their pay level by enrolling in and graduating from the CT Pathways online Pharmacy Technician program. With dedication and a network of support, including from the professor, Dakota is on their way to a financially rewarding profession. Dakota says that reaching for a goal does not need to be a race, but more like taking one step at a time—even by crawling—to get to the finish line! They encourage everyone to hold onto HOPE and ask for help when needed, especially during the challenging COVID-19 pandemic.
Meet Emma Ryan, an MxCC grad who recently completed the Veterinary Assistant Program. Emma credits the CT Pathway program at MxCC for giving her the ability to take the classes required to become a Veterinary Assistant. Emma went from feeling very stuck to having the chance to do what she loved. Before completing the program, she was offered a full time position at Branford Veterinary Hospital. Emma has now decided to go back to school to pursue a degree as a Veterinary Technician at San Juan College of New Mexico. Emma is so grateful for MxCC and the CT Pathway program for allowing her to chase her dreams and find her perfect career.
Growing up Nadyaliz Muniz always loved animals and knew she wanted to work in the veterinary field. When she found MxCC’s Vet Assistant program through the SNAP program, she jumped at the opportunity. “The instructors at MxCC were always great at explaining what exactly to do, and I loved all the hands on clinical experiences.” After completing the program, she got a full time job at Pieper Memorial Veterinary Hospital as a Neurologist Vet Assistant. Nadyaliz has now decided to continue her education and will be starting the Vet Tech program here at Middlesex Community College in the Fall!
Ruth Martinez dreamed of working in healthcare as a Phlebotomy Technician. Being a single mom with limited resources made it difficult, but the SNAP program at MxCC made it possible. Ruth believes the best part of her training was learning by doing, ‘you can’t get knowledge just from books, we had lots of hands-on practice that made me more confident. And the program was flexible enough for my difficult schedule as a single mom.’ After completing the program in July, Ruth started an internship at Middlesex Hospital doing what she loves.
Bimael Acevedo knew the moment he started MxCC that becoming a certified Phlebotomy Technician was the career for him. He credits his motivational instructors, the encouraging staff, and the hands-on style of learning at MxCC that gave him the confidence to realize his potential and start an internship at Middlesex Hospital. “I loved the teachers, they are here to help and want you to succeed, and the students are always there for each other.
Julie Roebelen, M.Ed.