Family Economic Support Program (FESP)

GCCs Family Economic Support Program (FESP) is a grant-funded program that provides students with academic, career, financial and personal support.

The goal of FESP is to offer wrap-around services to support students through certificate and/or degree completion.

The criteria for FESP participants is as follows:

  • Must be registered at GCC for upcoming semester
  • Completed at least 9 credits AND have at least two semesters remaining
  • Have a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Be currently employed full-time or part-time

Benefits for FESP participants:

  • One-on-one coaching (financial, academic and career)
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • Professional development workshops
  • On campus family events
  • Early course registration
  • Scholarships
  • Networking skills


We thank the following funders for their support of FESP:

Wells Fargo
Gateway Community College
Gateway Community College Foundation
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Carolyn Foundation
Andrew Sorbo

Meet the Staff:

Licella Arboleda, MS, NCC, LPC

Coordinator, Wellness Center
Director, Family Economic Security Program (FESP)

Licella Arboleda is the Director of the Family Economic Security Program (FESP). In addition, Licella is a Counselor and Coordinator of the Wellness Center at Gateway Community College.  She is a skilled empathetic bilingual counseling professional with over four years of experience at a diverse community college setting.   She excels in working with high-risk and first generation college students through a variety of roles. Licella holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University, a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies with concentrations in History and Psychology from Southern Connecticut State university and an Associate’s of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Gateway Community College.  Licella is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and is Safe Zone trained to support LGBTQI+ individuals and regularly maintains proficiency in her field through attendance of numerous local and national trainings.

Dana Albert, MS, NCC

Interim Counselor, Wellness Center

Dana received her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University in 2018 and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has a history of working in non-profit programs throughout New Haven doing clinical case management, and began here at Gateway Community College as the Coordinator for the Center for Students and Families in September 2017, working to assist students with meeting their basic needs. She is now working at Gateway Community College as Interim Counselor for the Wellness Center, utilizing Solution-Focused techniques. She also works as a clinician at Lotus Counseling of Connecticut in Watertown, CT where she works with adults and children with a variety of mental health diagnoses focusing on creative therapeutic techniques such as art, yoga, and mindfulness.

Kristina Kosnoff, BS

Academic Advisor, Student Success Center

Kristina Kosnoff is an Academic Advisor in the Student Success Office at Gateway Community College.  She has been at Gateway for 3 years where she thoroughly enjoys helping students reach their academic and career goals.  An avid traveler and hiker she also serves as Co-Advisor to GO - Gateway Outdoors club.  She has a strong commitment to community and has been actively involved with many organizations in her home town of Meriden, including serving several years on the Board of Directors for the Castle Craig Players.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Fordham University and a minor in Spanish.

Rebecca Crocker, AA

Family Economic Security Program (FESP) Associate

Rebecca Crocker is the Family Economic Security Program Associate at Gateway Community College. In 2013 she received an Associate of Arts from Pima Community College in Arizona, and in 2019 she was Certified in Mental Health First Aid by the National Counsel for Behavioral Health. Rebecca is now completing an Associate of Science in Studio Arts at Gateway Community College. She worked as a Student Laborer/Work Study during her first three semesters at GCC and was part of the first FESP cohort. Having had the opportunity to learn firsthand how FESP can help students, not only stay in school, but excel she is especially excited to take on her new role of supporting the program and it’s students.


What are my responsibilities as a FESP participant?

  • Attend an orientation your first semester of acceptance
  • Meet with your achievement coach three times per semester
  • Participate in one professional development workshop every semester

How do I maintain my status as a FESP participant?

  • Successfully complete your semester and maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Fulfill your obligation to meet with your coach three times per semester
  • Attend 1 professional development workshop every semester
  • Be registered for the following semester
  • * See participation agreement for more information.


For more information on FESP please contact:

Licella Arboleda, MS, NCC, LPC
Wellness Center, N114
Director, Family Economic Security Program (FESP)
Coordinator, Wellness Center
(203) 285-2480