Since 1989, Laurel House has been helping people with psychiatric illness to enroll and succeed in college or vocational training through our Supported Education program. The Supported Education program at Laurel House is based on the belief that education, like employment, is an important and gratifying goal in and of itself, as well as a stepping stone to recovery and improved career options. Many students have had the experience of illness interrupting or disrupting their educational path, and need help to get back on track with their goals. 

The Supported Education program staff work in close collaboration with faculty, counselors and admissions staff and disability services of local Connecticut educational institutions, to facilitate student engagement and success in post-secondary education and vocational certification.


Services of the Supported Education program are mobile and include:

  • Tutoring
  • Informational tours on Connecticut college campuses
  • Peer support groups
  • On-campus support, including on-campus office at Norwalk Community College 
  • Coaching and information about disability accommodations and disclosure of disability
  • Guidance in working with faculty
  • Building skills such as time management and studying
  • Assistance applying for financial aid and scholarships
  • Ongoing support throughout the semester from staff and peers
  • Goal and career planning
  • Monthly community dinners for education program participants

Laurel House helps program participants meet their educational goals at the following colleges and universities and at other campuses as students choose additional post-secondary programs. We follow the student.

  • American College of Healthcare Sciences
  • Brigham Young University
  • DeVry College of New York, Keller Institute of Management
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Charter Oak State College
  • Fairfield University
  • Gateway Community College
  • Housatonic Community College
  • Norwalk Community College 
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Bridgeport
  • UCONN Stamford
  • Westchester Community College

Program participants are pursuing the following areas of study: 

  • Accounting
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Culinary Arts
  • General Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Hospitality & Hotel Management
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Interior Design
  • Marketing
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Small Business Management
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Web Design

William R. Battey Educational Scholarship Fund

The William R. Battery Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 to support continuing post-secondary education.  Named in honor of a founding Board Director, the goal of the William R. Battey Scholarship Fund is to help pay the tuition and related educational costs of Supported Education program participants who wish to pursue post-secondary educational goals. 

Recommendations for the tuition assistance are made by the Support Education Counselors and Manager on behalf of the student participating in the Laurel House Supported Education program. 


Our Mission

Laurel House provides resources and opportunities for people living with mental illness to lead fulfilling and productive lives in their communities throughout Fairfield County. 

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