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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.
The program is a collaboration among the Women's Studies Program and the Commission for Women at UM-Dearborn; United Way Community Services; the Business Professional Women's Organization; the American Association of University Women; and numerous human service organizations in the area.

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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