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Stay The Course

Forsyth Technical Community College, Mazie Woodruff Center is partnering with Catholic Charities to offer a new program on campus this fall. Stay the Course provides comprehensive support services to low income students with the goal of helping them to persist in school and obtain their degrees. These services are targeted at helping eligible students to overcome obstacles outside of the classroom which might otherwise result in the student having to drop out of college.

As part of Stay the Course, a team of professionals will work with students to create a personalized path to graduation. Stay the Course staff is particularly focused on helping students deal with the life obstacles, such as loss of housing, drop in income, or family emergencies, that create roadblocks along the path to graduation. A Navigator will help students become familiar with the college system and manage situations outside of school which may impact their ability to stay enrolled.

Who is eligible?

Forsyth Technical Community College students who:

  • Reside in zip code 27105
  • Under the age of 27
  • Low income (Pell Eligible)
  • New to college (earned 12 or less credit hours)
  • Enrolled in at least one non-distance learning class
  • Would benefit from non-academic support to persevere in school are eligible for Stay the Course supportive services.

Do students pay for services?
All services are free and confidential. Stay the Course is a voluntary program designed to offer support to young parents who are working towards a college degree.

Who should I contact if I have questions?
Stay the Course services are being provided by Catholic Charities. If you have questions about the program, please contact a Navigator at 336.473.7823 or speak to the Navigator based at the Mazie Woodruff Center Room 239 - E on Monday through Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm and Fridays 8:30am to 3:00pm.

Stay the Course is a voluntary program offered by Catholic Charities for pregnant and parenting students to stay in school and persevere toward earning a degree. The goal of the project is to provide non-academic support to help young parents work toward a college degree.

Catholic Charities offers quality professional services without regard to age, race, ethnicity, gender, religious or political membership, physical or mental disability, or infectious disease. Services for Stay the Course are free and confidential. Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte has been accredited since 2007 by the Council on Accreditation, a national accrediting body for human service agencies. Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte strengthens families, builds communities, and reduces poverty.

As a participant of the Stay the Course project, you will:
• Engage in check-in sessions with a navigator
• Seek support with non-academic barriers that impact college enrollment
• Utilize resources provided by navigator to resolve barriers
• Notify navigator of contact information changes

Stay the Course will:
• Assist you to identify your educational goals and potential barriers that could threaten your success in school
• Provide referrals and linkages to community supports and services (transportation, childcare, etc.) to address barriers
• Assist you to navigate the community college system and gain clarity about the utility of college and coursework
• Offer skill-building classes and workshops to support academic success
• Provide support and encouragement



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