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LAVC's Strengthening Working Families Highlighted at the Women in Leadership Higher Education Conference

The LAVC Family Resource Center and Strengthening Working Families were showcased as national models of holistic family support at the "Women in Leadership Higher Education Conference" on October 2-3 at the Harvard Faculty Club. Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Andra Hoffman, LAVC President Dr. Erika Endrijonas, LAVC Dean of Workforce Training Dr. Doug Marriott, and the LAVC Family Resource Center's Marni Roosevelt and Amber Angel spoke about how both programs have helped change the paradigm for student and workforce training participants in higher education.

LAVC's Strengthening Working Families Highlighted at the Women in Leadership Higher Education Conference

Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) and Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) highlighted the LAVC Family Resource Center and the LAVC Strengthening Working Families Project as national models of holistic family support at the "Women in Leadership Higher Education Conference" on October 2-3 at the Harvard Faculty Club in Boston, Massachusetts.

There is a growing body of research that describes college students who have children. They are usually single, women of color, first-generation, and low-income, and 65 percent have full or part-time jobs in addition to caring for their families while attending college. Issues such as employment, childcare, finances, balance, and general stress, all contribute to a lower rate of persistence for this group. Only 33 percent of student parents earn a certificate or degree within 6 years following their initial enrollment.

Under the leadership of LACCD Trustee Hoffman and LAVC President Dr. Endrijonas, LAVC has created a new paradigm for community colleges to “think outside the box” and address non-academic issues of persistence and retention. This effort, Strengthening Working Families, is a collaboration between two award-winning departments at LAVC—the Family Resource Center and Workforce Development Department. The mission of the program is to advance social and economic mobility by reducing barriers to higher education and jobs through integrating holistic family support services for underserved populations. 

In its "Strengthening Working Families" presentation, Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Andra Hoffman, LAVC President Dr. Erika Endrijonas, LAVC Dean of Workforce Training Dr. Doug Marriott, and the LAVC Family Resource Center's Marni Roosevelt and Amber Angel shared how both programs have helped change the paradigm for student and workforce training participants in higher education. It discussed how a community college serves students and the community as a workforce site, and gave examples of programmatic services, such as group and individualized counseling, free children’s clothing exchange, food pantries, on-campus parent and child playgroups, satellite kid-friendly study lounges, textbook lending library, and workforce/community partnerships.

For more information regarding the LAVC Family Resource Center and Strengthening Working Families, visit the LAVC Family Resource Center's Strengthening Working Families Web page

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 11/1/2018 5:00:04 PM