ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Recently, Enterprise State Community College has received nearly $8 million dollars in Cares Act money and $3.5 million is being used to benefit students.
“To date, we have awarded $1.2 million dollars to our students and for the upcoming school year for fall and spring semesters, we have an additional 2.3 million dollars that will be funded or dispersed to the students,” ESCC software and grants manager Chellye Stump said.
The money is for registered students to spend the money as needed such as rent, child care, healthcare, and course material. Software and grants manager Chellye Stump says this is an important time to help students financially in case they may be out of work due to the effects of the pandemic.
“Enterprise State is very aware of the hardships that the pandemic has caused many students and we definitely don’t want their education to be put on hold or stop because of this pandemic,” Stump said.
The college also received funds to benefit the campus such as purchasing additional equipment in labs that will allow for students to socially distance, purchasing more laptops for the school’s loaner program, and upgraded the wifi.
“It’s very important that ESCC makes sure that all of our students are being successful no matter how they are learning whether they are on campus, at home or in the parking lot just being able to do online has been tremendous,” Stump said.