Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published December 05 2010
Higher-education Notebook: Jeremiah Program aims to help single Fargo-Moorhead mothersHigher education is a key part of a program coming to Fargo-Moorhead that aims to help single mothers break out of poverty.
The Jeremiah Program helps single mothers attend college by assisting them with affordable housing and child care and providing a supportive community.
Andrea Hochhalter, community outreach consultant, said the program started in Minneapolis-St. Paul in 1998 and is now expanding to other communities.
Participants are required to be at least 18, enrolled in college and have children under age 4 and meet income requirements. They also need to complete a 16-week empowerment training course.
“It’s all about getting them a degree so they can break that cycle for not just themselves, but for their children and multiple generations,” Hochhalter said.
A board of directors will work to implement the program in Fargo-Moorhead by 2012 with the goal of serving about 20 women at one time, Hochhalter said.
Follow-up surveys with women who’ve participated in the program show positive results, Hochhalter said.
- After 2½ years in the program, the average wage of participants increased from $8.39 an hour to $16.73 an hour.
- 90 percent of alumnae maintained stable housing.
- 90 percent of alumnae maintained consistent employment after graduating.
Evie Myers, vice president for equity, diversity and global outreach at North Dakota State University, said she often sees young women struggle with finding child care so they can attend classes.
For more information on the program, visit www.jeremiahprogram.org.
MSCTC, U Mary partner
Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead is partnering with the University of Mary Fargo Center to create a program for adults who want to advance their careers.
An informational meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Oscar Bergos Center at MSCTC Moorhead.
Applications are being accepted now. Classes start in January.
For more information, visit www.getyourdegreefargo.com or call (701) 232-7088.
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