Center for Access Services

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The Center for Access Services (CAS) provides STCC students with a broad range of non-academic supports. CAS staff help students overcome barriers that stand in the way of self-sufficiency, allowing them to succeed and stay in school. The CAS office houses a variety of services and initiatives, including free school supplies and the RAM Cupboard, which provides groceries and meals to students facing food insecurity. CAS staff also connect students to on-campus resources and provides referrals to community social service agencies that help individuals overcome a variety of issues including, but not limited to: financial challenges, food insecurity, homelessness, substance abuse, and various state and federal benefits.

CAS Resources

The CAS office provides FREE resources to eligible STCC students. The following resources are available in the CAS office:

  • Ram Cupboard—The Ram Cupboard is an emergency food pantry located in the center. The Ram Cupboard is designed to help support students in meeting basic nutritional needs by allowing them access to emergency groceries and/or meals.
  • SNAP Application Assistance—Every Tuesday from 1:00-3:30 the center hosts a SNAP coordinator from The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Students can drop in or schedule an appointment with the SNAP coordinator. If students are unable to make it to a meet on Tuesday, office staff can arrange another time to meet.
  • School Supplies—The CAS office provides school supplies to STCC students in need.
  • Farmers’ Market (Seasonal)—The Farmers’ Market at STCC is your source for fresh and locally grown produce. CAS can provide financial assistance to low-income students interested in shopping at the market. The market operates on Wednesdays from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., and is located between building 13 and building 2. Be sure to check your student emails, or campus signage, for dates of operation as they vary each season.

Community Connections

CAS office staff work to cultivate relationships with local social service agencies that provide assistant to STCC students. Office staff can offer case management to students and facilitate connections with resources in the community that can help eliminate barriers. If students need support beyond what is offered in the CAS office, staff can guide students toward resources in the greater community that can provide the support students need.

Contact

Putnam Hall (B17), Room 118
(413) 755-5761
cas@stcc.edu

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Evening appointments available

Monday - Thursday
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

*Evening appointments must be made in advance.

*Office hours may be impacted due to holiday and other college closings