Wall Street Journal Focuses on Community Colleges

September 20, 2013

Paralegal major Jamie Gorman-Wenner is featured in an article published in The Wall Street Journal on September 20. The article focuses on a variety of ways in which community colleges are striving to help students reach their academic goals, including addressing housing needs. The reporter describes the challenges Gorman-Wenner faced trying to get her homework done while living in a relative's attic after she got laid off from her job. With assistance from the staff at NCC, Gorman-Wenner was able to find housing more suitable for a family. "Now, I can do homework on my computer in the living room and don't keep my children up all night long," she is quoted as saying in the article.

Gorman-Wenner is one of a growing number of students who have been aided by the Benefits Access for College Completion grant -- a three-year, $4.84 million initiative funded by the Ford Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Lumina Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, and managed by the Center for Law and Social Policy and the American Association of Community Colleges. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is also participating. The goal of the grant is to increase the number of students who earn postsecondary credentials.

Northampton was one of seven colleges nationwide chosen to participate. For more information, students may contact Maryann Haytmanek, Rachel Benko, John Koretski, or Delia Marrero in Room 200 of the College Center at NCC's Bethlehem Township Campus or the Admissions Office at the Monroe Campus.


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