Program Helps Parent Students With Collegiate Burdens

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A new program at Western Kentucky University is looking to ease the burden of student life on parents who want to pursue higher education.

Mary England is a mother of two, works four jobs, is a recovering drug user, a full time student and still manages to maintain a 3.5 GPA.

Mary is enrolled in a new program at Western that's giving her support she needs to pursue higher education.

Licensed social worker Lia Seran is one of the instructors of the new Parent Enrichment Program at Western.

"Part of it is just support, giving each other ideas and how people juggle their time and giving each other and resources," Seran said.

Seran also said roughly half of all students who attend Western's South Campus fall in the non-traditional category.

Seran said a program like this benefits student parents and sets a precedent for future generations at the same time.

"There are a lot of challenges for people who have kids, but obviously I believe an education will allow you to provide better for your children, give you better economic opportunities and social network and a model for your children," Seran said.

This program is free and open to any Western student, but it's specifically targeted to South Campus students.

University officials are hoping this will become a model for all other Western Campuses.

The program is sponsored by the Bowling Green Community College, WKU's Counseling and Testing Center, the Provost's Initiatives for Excellence and the Family Enrichment Center

For more information, you can call 270-745-3459.