Resources for Abundant GCC Student Parents – El Vaquero
“It’s never too late to learn…”
Glendale Community College offers many programs to help parents get back to school. Whether returning after a long absence or continuing after high school, GCC staff and faculty seek to adapt to the process, according to the institution’s website.
Student parents and especially single student parents have many obstacles to overcome if they wish to attend university. According to an Internet rating site Niche.com, GCC is ranked number four out of 45 community colleges in Los Angeles County and number six out of the top 20, according to BestValueSchools.org. Compared statewide for completion rates, it’s ranked 42 out of 118, according to CommunityCollegeReview.com.
From individual counseling to referrals for financial aid or mental health issues, the administration and faculty provide a positive and nurturing learning environment. The aspect of attending community college while being a single parent seems impossible, here are some of the counseling programs offered at GCC: http://www.glendale.edu/students/student-services/counseling.
CalWORKs: This program is designed to help students with children under the age of 18. Students in the CalWORKs program receive priority registration and scholarships twice a year. A work-study program is also offered, which is a paid position and does not count as income for CalWORKs requirements. Additionally, the CalWORKs program provides financial assistance and access to food pantry to meet basic needs. It also helps through emergency grants, including Title IX enrollment, which can alleviate some of the stress of going to school by ensuring excused absences and opportunities to catch up on missed homework.
Parent Education: This program allows parent and child to attend classes together. The courses offered are music, dance, storytelling and artistic activities. This gives parents the opportunity to help their children learn social skills and meet other like-minded people. The program also offers time with professional parent educators who lead discussions on parenting issues.
Child Care: GCC has on-campus child care through the Glendale Community College Laboratory School, a teaching and learning model. It is a bending of community needs and an educational program. The school is a laboratory to help students seeking careers in child life specialist, occupational therapy/physiotherapy, elementary education, nursing and more. Teachers and directors are chosen for their solid experience in the field of children’s education.
The GCC Garfield Child Development Center teaches children to reach their full potential. This is achieved through a high quality program and their commitment to families. The center is an inclusive environment that welcomes and respects people from all walks of life. It helps children develop social, emotional and academic skills and fosters confidence and responsibility.
Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) is a program that covers many aspects of child care and early education. The program offers childcare grants, otherwise known as subsidized childcare.
Confidential Emotional and Mental Health: This is a counseling service provided to students of all types and can be done in person, over the phone or through the Zoom platform. At GCC Health Center, a licensed marital family therapist provides confidential mental health counseling. GCC also offers information about county and state mental health resources.
All resources can be accessed through the GCC portal here: https://www.glendale.edu/students/student-services.
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