December 19, 2017
Palo Alto College News
PAC Recognizes Fall Graduates
Palo Alto College (PAC) held its annual Academic Achievement Dinner to recognize fall 2017 graduates. More than 250 friends and family came to celebrate 66 graduates crossing the stage at the annual dinner. Students were able to take photos with a cap and gown, while also writing thank you notes to PAC faculty and staff, who have helped the students in their academic journey. The students are also invited to participate in the May commencement ceremony.
PAC Celebrates Holidays with Little Palomino Tree
Palo Alto College (PAC) hosted the 24th annual Little Palomino Tree. More than 80 children of enrolled students received gifts, enjoyed holiday activities, and wrote thank you notes to faculty, staff, and students who purchased gifts. Beginning as the Angel Tree in 1994, the Little Palomino Tree is one of PAC’s longest traditions. PAC’s Future Educators of America, National Society of Leadership and Success, and Office of Student Life partnered together to organize the event.
PAC Nets Grant To Help Students Pay for Childcare
PA half-million-dollar grant awarded to Palo Alto College will help student parents pay for childcare at the College’s Ray Ellison Family Center (REFC) over the next four years.
Palo Alto College was selected to receive funding under the U.S. Department of Education’s Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program, which supports the participation of limited-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based childcare services. The grant will be in the amount of $137,337 for the first year, and is anticipated to last a total of four years.
Approximately 20 limited-income student parents will be selected for the “Parent Scholar Program” and receive the grant funding each semester. Eligibility requirements for the Parent Scholar Program include being enrolled at Palo Alto College, maintaining a 2.0 GPA, and having a degree plan. Funding provided through the Parent Scholar Program will cover the majority of the cost of on-campus, full-day, year-round childcare at the REFC, with students only paying $25 to $35 per child, per week.
Surveys of Palo Alto College students have shown that “caring for dependents” is a likely cause for student parents to drop out of college, and, furthermore, that few student parents are able to take advantage of free campus resources like advising and tutoring.
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