The importance community colleges can make in providing women a flexible pathway to education and 21st century economic opportunities will be the focus of a program Monday, October 28, 11:30 am to 1 pm at North Shore Community College’s Lynn Campus gym, 300 Broad Street.
Sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in conjunction with NSCC, the US Department of Labor Women’s Bureau New England Region, the Essex County Commission on the Status of Women, the free forum is open to all.
Patricia Fae Ho of Beverly, National AAUW President, will showcase AAUW’s recent national report, “Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success” and share findings about college attendance, challenges faced by student parents, and preparation for higher paying careers. Attendees will learn about community colleges in Massachusetts and the upcoming hottest jobs.
Other speakers will include:
- Janice Forsstrom, Interim President, North Shore Community College
- Joan B. Lovely, State Senator 2nd Essex District
- Dawn Karolides, North Shore Community College Alumna, Class of 2013
As of 2011, the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts enrolled 105,117 students, 28% of the state’s undergraduate population. More than 62,000 women attend the state’s community colleges where they are 60% of the population. Community colleges offer a wide range of programs of study, but women in MA are concentrated in the health professions and education, while many higher paying jobs in STEM fields are increasing. Community college students are more likely to attend school part time compared with four-year students, and many are parents with need for accessible child care. Community colleges can offer women a flexible pathway to educational and economic opportunities through preparation for careers and self-advancement.
The program is funded in part by The Women’s Fund of Essex County.
Copies of the AAUW report and a light lunch will be provided. For further information, contact ECCSWomen@gmail.com.