Life Gap Plus
CCV is committed to dismantling barriers to student success. We’re here to help!
Life Gap Plus is a new CCV program designed to connect you with a wide range of resources, from food assistance to child care, that can help you be more successful in school. Life Gap Plus includes not only financial support to help you bridge challenging situations, but also tools and resources so you can avoid having to face those situations in the first place.
Life Gap Plus includes:
- Life Gap Grants. Just-in-time scholarships that can help you get through challenging, unexpected situations and stay focused on school. These situations can range from needing a new laptop to paying for a new tire for your car. To receive assistance through the Life Gap Grant, please fill out the application. A CCV username and password is needed for access.
- Student Resource Centers. In CCV’s Montpelier, Winooski, Brattleboro, and Rutland academic centers, SRCs allow students to access information on community resources. Each student resource center also provides direct support by offering a space to pick up or make food.
- Student Ambassadors. Peer-to-peer outreach around eligibility for food assistance through 3SquaresVT. Contact a Student Ambassador by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the Life Gap Grant, or the Life Gap Plus program, reach out to your local financial aid counselor.
- Cares Grant – A CCV Cares Grant can be used to cover any part of your college costs or for emergency expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants are funded by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
- Student Assistance Fund – Each academic center has funds to support students with urgent or compelling needs. Contact your local financial aid counselor to learn more.
- Fresh Start Grant – A CCV Fresh Start Grant can be used to cover past due balance incurred on or after March 13, 2020 that were part of the cost of attendance. Grants are funded by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
- CARES Act Public Disclosure
- VSAC’s Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) – VSAC Outreach supports adult learners in accessing college and career training services. In partnership with CCV, EOC counselors can connect students with local community resources or provide support in helping them stay in school. Please call 877-961-4369 to set up a time to talk with an EOC counselor.
- NEFCU Financial Education – Resources, events, and tools to help grow your confidence as you manage your money.
- FFCRA Employee Rights
- Free Tax Preparation Resources
- Vermont Legal Aid / Vermont Legal Services – Seven ways to get help so you and your family remain stable.
- Seasonal Fuel Assistance
- Utility Service Assistance
Working Bridges Resources Coordinators
- United Way Resource Coordinators: CCV’s United Way Working Bridges Coordinators are your first contacts for all resources and supports outside of CCV. They can connect you to support for childcare, healthcare, mental health, financial resources, transportation, and everything in between! Reach Liz Jarvis (802-735-4599 / email@example.com) by phone, text, or email anytime!
- Working Bridges
- Working Bridges Resources – January 2022
- Working Bridges Resources – February 2022
- Working Bridges Resources – March 2022
- Working Bridges Resources – April 2022
- Working Bridges Resources – May 2022
- Working Bridges Resources – June 2022
- Working Bridges Resource – July 2022
- Bike Bonanza
- View and download our wellness resources flyer.
- TalkCampus – TalkCampus is a mental health support network for students. This service has been built specifically for students and provides free peer support 24/7. TalkCampus is a safe place for students to connect and talk through their challenges. CCV students can log in and talk anonymously to other students around the world. Visit students.talkcampus.io/ccv to start receiving support today.
- Crisis Text Line – The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information. Text “VT” to 741741 and a live, trained Crisis Counselor will respond quickly.
- Vermont 211 – A database containing programs and services available to Vermonters. Dial 2-1-1 to find services in your area.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Available 24/7 at 800-273-8255
- Vermont Peer Support Line – Available 24/7 at 833-888-2557
- Headspace – An online source for guided meditations to help with stress, sleep, focus, anxiety and more. Visit www.headspace.com/about-us to access.
- Designated Agencies – Agencies in each geographic region of Vermont that provide mental health programs for adults and children. Visit www.mentalhealth.vermont.gov to find the DA in your area.
- COVID Support VT – Designed to support wellness during the COVID pandemic.
- Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO – This program is an anonymous, alcohol-specific brief feedback tool designed to help college students take a look at their alcohol use.CCV students can use this tool for free.
Register to Vote!
- Register to Vote and Request Your Mail-in Ballot Today! – Visit the Vermont Secretary of State website: https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/voters/registration/. Questions or comments? Contact Dave Amsden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flu Shots and Other Vaccines
- Both the CDC and Vermont Department of Health have information about flu shots and other vaccines. Use the “vaccine finder” on the CDC page to learn where you can get a flu vaccine!
- Covid-19 vaccine FAQ
Food Assistance Resources
- List of Food Assistance Resources
- Vermont Foodbanks – Looking for help getting the food you need? Find your local food shelf or call the Vermont Foodbank at 1-800-585-2265.
- Vermont Foodbank – MRE Distribution
- 3SquaresVT – A federal program that helps college students buy groceries every month.
- Everyone Eats – Find out where and when to get free community meals in Vermont.
Child Care Resources
- Resources for Caregivers and Parents
- Community Child Care Support Agencies
- Child Care Financial Assistance Program
- Bright Future Childcare Information System
- First Steps Scholarship Program – To help Burlington families pay for child care.
- Vermont Coalition of Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs – Find an agency in your area to help ensure stable housing and connect youth with additional resources and supports.
- Vermont Family Network – Support for families with children or young adults with special needs.
Domestic and Relationship Safety
- RESOLVE – VSCS Resource and Reporting Guide for incidents of harassment, discrimination, child abuse, stalking, domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, or other sexual misconduct.
- List of resources for those experiencing domestic or relationship violence:
- LGBTQI+ Community Resources
- CCV students may access supports, resources, and advocacy through our community organizations. Pride Center of Vermont is a comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and the health and safety of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Vermonters.
- Outright Vermont serves youth (generally 22 and younger) and works to build a Vermont where all LGBTQ+ youth have hope, equity, and power.
- College Intervention Team
CIT is a team dedicated to assisting students, faculty, and staff who may be in distress or experiencing difficult life circumstances. The primary focus of the team is to take a proactive approach to identifying students who are struggling and provide early intervention, resources, and community referrals.
- Scope of Care
Recognizing that many factors play into academic success, CCV’s goal is to support our students’ persistence as they encounter challenges that are both academic and personal in nature. For students who face serious mental health concerns and appear at risk of harming self or others, the College Intervention Team acts to assess the level of risk and respond in supportive ways to safeguard the student at risk as well as the larger CCV community. Learn more by visiting our Report a Concern page.
- LGBTQI+ Community Resources
Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs (ADAP)
- VT Helplink – Call 802-565-LINK or visit www.vthelplink.org.
- Vermont Network – Racial justice resources, recommendations, and ways to get involved.
- Vermont Department of Labor – Information about available jobs, training programs, and other workforce services.
- Vocational Rehabilitation – Free, flexible services to any Vermonter or employer dealing with a disability that affects employment.
- Housing First – A permanent supportive housing program that works to end homelessness and supports individuals to locate and maintain independent housing and lead meaningful live sin their community.
- Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness – Assistance with obtaining or keeping housing. Regional “Coordinated Entry” lead agencies are available to help people in a housing crisis.
- Canvas Guides
- Canvas Help & Canvas Chat – Click the Help link found on the menu located on the left-side of each CCV Canvas class-site.
- CCV Canvas for Students – A self-paced video tutorial. Approximately 35 minutes.
- Passport for Students – A self-placed tour and tutorial through Canvas.
- CCV Coordinators of Student Advising – Contact your advisor with questions.
- CCV Canvas Support Chat – Having technical issues? Access the CCV Support chat by browsing to https://ccv.edu/CanvasClinic or by clicking the the “Chat with CCV Support” button in any of your Canvas Classes.
Technology and Internet Access
- Internet Access: Comcast – Comcast Increases Internet Access and Speeds to Support Low-Income Americans
- Low-Cost Computer – Comcast has a computer available for purchase for as low at $149.99. The computer will arrive in 9-10 days.
- Updated Technology Requirements – Learn what type of browsers and operating systems are most compatible with Canvas.
- Free Public WiFi Hotspots in Vermont – The Vermont Department of Public Service has prepared a map of public buildings in Vermont where WiFi with access to the internet is publicly available. These sites are accessible at all hours from a parked vehicle on the road or parking lot.
- Emergency Broadband Benefit Program – Eligible students can receive $50 off their monthly internet bill.
- Guide For People With Disabilities: Programs For Low-Cost Internet, Mobile Plans, and Digital Literacy – This guide serves as a blueprint to ensure people with disabilities can find low-cost internet service providers and phone carriers, receive certain discounts, boost their digital literacy, and use current technology regardless of their income and employment status.
Learning Support and Services
- Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities – Students with disability accommodations, please contact your advisor immediately should you discover any unexpected barriers or access issues related to online or in-person coursework. Advisors will respond as promptly as possible to support you through this transition and to address any concerns you may have regarding access to your education.
- Tutoring – All students have access to 24/7 on-demand, online tutoring in all courses.
Tips for Successful Online Learning
- CCV Center for Online Learning – Information for new online students, FAQs, and online learning help.
- Discussions in Your Online CCV Courses – Learn strategies online students use for the most productive discussion forums.
- Online Civility – Familiarize yourself with online etiquette and behavior expectations.