NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk Community College recently received a boost to help single moms go to college.
The American Association of University Women awarded $45,000 in grants to 11 campus projects, including Norwalk Community College. The grants are designed to implement recommendations from the 2013 AAUW research report "Women in Community College: Access To Success."
The report examines the needs of student mothers, the barriers women face in nontraditional and high-demand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and the challenges women have in completing a certificate or degree or in transferring to a four-year institution, AAUW representatives said. The report includes recommendations that will improve community colleges for all students, such as increasing on-campus child-care funding and stepping up STEM recruitment and support programs.
“We are putting our research into action through these 11 Campus Action Projects. The winning teams were selected because they hold a great deal of promise for student leadership development and impact,” said Kate C. Farrar, AAUW director of leadership programs. “We are proud to support these teams of administrators and students who are committed to eradicating barriers and empowering women.”
As part of the effort, Norwalk Community College will receive assistance on helping single mothers attend college. The team at NCC "will address the issues that women student parents face and work to increase the transfer rates of these women to four-year institutions. Through a selective mentoring program, student-parent alumnae from the community college will provide resources and a one-on-one support system to help current student parents graduate from the community college and transfer to a four-year institution," representatives said.
For more information on the projects and grants, residents can visit the AAUW website . For more information, visit and search for “Campus Action Projects” or “NCCWSL.”