PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: Feb. 10, 2005
Disadvantaged women to learn about college at UM-Dearborn's 'Women on the Move'
DEARBORN---"Women on the Move-College is an Option!" a free
program that introduces the University of Michigan-Dearborn to socially
and economically disadvantaged women receiving services through area non-profit
agencies, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17,
and then again on Thursday, May 12 to accommodate the growing number of
participants, who come from domestic violence shelters, social service
agency referrals, and community referrals.
"The growing number of women who need to become financially independent
continues to grow each year," according to UM-Dearborn staff member
Patricia Schlaff, co-chair of the Women on the Move committee. "The
Women on the Move program offers the opportunity for women to see education
as a means of independence. Each year the program grows, testifying to
its importance to the community. Participants of the program repeatedly
thank the community for their shared interest in helping women."
The program, which is in its eighth year, pairs volunteer mentors with
metro Detroit women to learn about campus support groups and how other
women deal with the challenges of returning to school. Accompanied by
mentors, participants will learn how to apply to college, register for
classes and apply for financial aid and scholarships. There will be panel
discussions by returning women students from UM-Dearborn who will share
their own college experiences.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Beverly Coleman, project coordinator
of the School as the Heart of the Community program in the Empowerment
Zone of the Detroit Recreation Department, will be the keynote speakers
for the March 17 event.
A number of local service organizations will staff information tables
at the events. Representatives from Henry Ford Community College, Madonna
University, Schoolcraft College, UM-Dearborn, Washtenaw County Community
College, and Wayne County
Community College will provide information on higher education services.
Registration for both evens has begun and seating is limited. Call (313) 583-6511 to register. For more information about the Women on the Move program, contact Schlaff at (313) 583-6511 or Pamela McAuslan, co-director of the event, at (313) 593-5376.
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