Summer Program: Single Parents Arriving Ready for College (SPARC)
Single Parents Arriving Ready for College (SPARC) is a summer program which helps single parents assimilate into the college environment. Approximately 30 aspiring students enroll in this six-week program over the summmer, which teaches time management and personal development skills, and provides child care at the Kinko’s Early Learning Center adjacent to the main campus. SPARC is tailored to single parents who have generally been out of school several years, and are unfamiliar with the resources available at SBCC. Participants receive guidance through the registration and financial aid processes, and complete a 4-unit college course. By summer’s end, 95% of the “graduates” are enrolled for the fall semester and feel confident in their ability to succeed in college.
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