Free outreach program introduces socially and economically disadvantaged women to post-secondary education opportunities.

February 15, 2006

DEARBORN / Feb. 15, 2006---"Women on the Move-College is an Option!" a free outreach program that introduces socially and economically disadvantaged women to post-secondary education opportunities, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, and then again on Thursday, April 6, at Fairlane Center-North on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

"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-director 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."

The program, which is in its ninth year, pairs volunteer mentors with metro Detroit women receiving services through area non-profit agencies 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.

Beverly Coleman, coordinator of the School as the Heart of the Community program, which is in the Empowerment Zone of the Detroit Recreation Department, will be the keynote speaker for the March 9 and April 6 events.

A number of local service organizations will staff information tables at the events. Representatives from Concordia College, Henry Ford Community College, Michigan State University, Schoolcraft College, UM-Dearborn, Wayne County Community College and Wayne State University will provide information on higher education.

The Women on the Move program is a collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Commission for Women at UM-Dearborn; the Business Professional Women's Organization; and the American Association of University Women.

Registration for both events has begun and seating is limited. Last day to register for the March 9 event is March 1. Registration deadline for the April 6 event is March 31. Call (313) 583-6511 to register.

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CONTACT: Jennifer Sroka
PHONE: (313) 593-5644
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn