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New CT Education Academy to Launch
Academy will provide training for CT state workforce

Charter Oak Offers New Non-Credit Cybersecurity Courses
Courses teach latest cybersecurity skills

Charter Oak Ranked First for Affordability
College offers most affordable online degree program in state.

Four Join College Staff
Academic and leadership staff additions.

Charter Oak Launches Health Care Major
New major focuses on health care workforce

Charter Oak awards 2013 Community College Transfer Scholarship
Charlene Hill of Meriden, CT is awarded annual scholarship

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Women in Transition Program (WIT)

WIT - Women in Transition
Delores Bell, WIT Coordinator; Ana Iturbides, WIT participant; Dr. Merle Harris, Former Charter Oak President

Moving women to self-sufficiency

The Women in Transition Program was established in 1999 by the President of Charter Oak State College, Dr. Merle Harris. The program helps working single mothers earn an Associate and/or Bachelor's degree with the assistance of student financial aid. The online courses offered at Charter Oak State College allow mothers to earn their degree from the convenience and comfort of their homes. The program is funded by donations and grants. If you are able, please consider donating to this valuable program by visiting the Charter Oak State College Foundation.
Program Qualifications
Applicants must fulfill all of the following qualifications:
  • Be a single mother with dependent children
  • Have a minimum of 21 college credits from an accredited institution
  • Have a minimum 2.3 Quality Point Average
  • Meet the eligibility requirements for Federal Financial Aid
  • Be employed in a low paying job (will be determined once application received).
  • Be willing to take at least two or three courses per semester
Program Offerings
  • Online college courses
  • Loan of a laptop and printer
  • Free dial-up Internet service
  • Reimbursement of a percentage of the cost for DSL and other services
  • Books provided for Charter Oak State College courses
  • Reimbursement of books for courses taken at other institutions
  • Academic, career, and personal counseling

Please Note: There are currently no available openings in the program, and all future openings are contingent upon funding.

WIT Application Instructions

If you meet all qualifications, please:

  1. Download the WIT Application and the WIT Questionnaire (as PDF*).
  2. Mail the completed application, questionnaire, and a copy of your transcript/transcripts to:
Delores Bell Coordinator, Special Programs
Charter Oak State College
55 Paul J. Manafort Drive
New Britain, CT 06053

Once your completed application materials have been received, you will be notified as openings become available.

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