The Care Center has partnered with Bard College to launch the nation’s first college for low-income women whose educations have been interrupted or postponed by pregnancy and parenting. The Care Center is now a campus of Bard College and the home of Bard Microcollege Holyoke, which offers a fully accredited Associate in Arts degree program. The college serves Care Center graduates as well as women who have completed The Clemente Course in the Humanities at The Care Center.
Students enrolled in Bard Microcollege Holyoke participate in rigorous learning and receive college credit toward a degree. The curriculum focuses heavily on writing, close reading, and critical thinking through study in a variety of subject areas including history, literature, mathematics, anthropology, politics, philosophy, and science. Students who successfully complete the course requirements receive an Associate in Arts degree from Bard College.
Bard College and The Care Center worked together to design the unique program. It builds on the knowledge base Bard College has developed over two decades running programs, such as the acclaimed Bard Prison Initiative, whose goals are to make higher education in the liberal arts accessible to more people in more places. It also incorporates The Care Center’s understanding of what it takes to help mothers succeed. Supports such as daycare, counseling, transportation and the camaraderie of those who share their challenges help remove some of the major barriers that our students have traditionally faced in college.
Visit the Facebook page to learn more. Contact: Mary Anne Myers, Bard Microcollege Holyoke program director, (413) 532-2900. Ext. 103.