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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Help Is Here If College Or Life Gets Difficult

The SRWC Provides Grants, Counseling, and Workshops

When college gets complicated, whether it’s because of academics, finances, or personal issues, WCC’s Student Resource and Women’s Center can help students get the support they need to succeed.

Even though the word “women” is prominently in its title, the SRWC serves all students—male and female—who need help navigating the challenges of college and life.

What can the SRWC help you with?

  • If classes are tough and you’re having trouble keeping up, the SRWC can help you plan a more effective approach and find resources to help you succeed.
  • If you’re uncertain about what classes to take or what kind of program you’d like to study, the SRWC can help you create an educational plan.
  • If you’re having trouble financing your education or paying for important extras like transportation, child care, or books, the SRWC can help you find grants and scholarships.
  • If your family commitments or home life are creating difficulties or interfering with your education, the SRWC can help you find local agencies or resources within the College to provide the help you need.
  • If you’re economically disadvantaged, a single parent, a displaced homemaker, or a non-native English speaker, the SRWC can help you find resources and finances to complete your education.

“What really distinguishes the SRWC is our case management approach,” said SRWC Director Liz Orbits. “Our advisors work one-on-one with students and we really develop a relationship, meeting many times if necessary.”

Brian Myers, 52, had just lost a partner, a job, and a house when he decided to start college in 2008. “When I walked into WCC my life changed,” he said. Myers visited the SRWC after he received an email explaining that he might be eligible for a grant to help pay for textbooks. Myers received that book grant and also qualified for a WCC Foundation scholarship. “I didn’t know how I was going to pay for college,” he said. “I was ecstatic when I received both of these. No one had ever given me help before.”

Myers is currently working on an associate degree and plans to transfer. His SRWC case manager, Eleanor Brundage, gave him some good advice that he often repeats. “When I couldn’t figure out the WCC database at one point she said, ‘I expect you to learn more about this by the next time you come back because I’m not always going to help you,’” he said. “I realized that when I had problems I couldn’t be afraid to ask for help. But I was going to have to be willing to work hard, too. For example, I thought I was going to flunk my English composition class but I ended up getting an A because I went to the Writing Center and asked questions and did my homework again and again.”

Each year the SRWC serves from 600 to 800 students. Last year those students received over $160,000 in financial aid, most of it in small increments averaging around $340 per student to help pay for child care, transportation, books, or other educational expenses.

In addition to advising, the SRWC sponsors workshops every semester. A financial literacy workshop at the end of September led by Flora Boles of the Michigan Guarantee Agency will provide students with the information that they need to borrow wisely for college.

Other upcoming workshop topics include domestic violence, wellness, parenting, and high-demand jobs. Check WCC’s calendar for details as they become available.

Students can learn more about the SRWC by attending the College Resource Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 21, where it will provide information about all of its services.

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Susan Ferraro
Director Media Relations
734-677-5295
snferraro@wccnet.edu

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