SMART program linking single-parents with resources


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By: Christian Tabak, assistant editor

Rose State College is reaching out to help single-parent students have a successful college experience with the new Single Mother’s Academic Resource Team program.

Funded by a $5,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma, the program began this past May and was designed to address the needs and concerns of students that are single-mothers or single-fathers as well as direct them to resources and a support network to help them succeed.

“Rose State is very conscious that we have many single-parent students that need support and to know that we have resources that makes college less intimidating to navigate,” said Rick Woodard, director of the Community Learning Center.

While the SMART team connects single-parent students with existing campus resources such as counseling services, it also addresses some of their specific concerns at their regular meetings and workshops, Woodard said.

With topics chosen by students themselves, some of these workshops provide tips and advice on budgeting, campus services and processes, parenting skills and even computer skills.

Monique Bruner, director of Degree Completion and Student Retention, said that the program is striving to “help single-parent students get the most out of their college experience.”

Bruner also said that the program is looking into reviving the Non-Traditional Student Organization as another resource for single-parent students as well.

“We’re hoping that SMART can help create a community for single-parent students on campus, and the Non-Traditional Student Organization can help with that,” Bruner said.

For more information, visit rose.edu/smartprogram, contact Monique Bruner at 733-7524 or visit her office in Room 111 of the Student Center.

 

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