The Care Center’s Student Support Services provide a range of resources that make the goal of passing the GED exam and going on to college more readily attainable. We remove the barriers that could easily keep our students from succeeding in school by providing free transportation, nutritious meals and snacks, day care, on-site health care, and personalized support counseling. Our goal is to create the emotional shift from a reluctant to an engaged learner. We know that we’ve made some important headway when a student finds learning both satisfying and exciting.
Our Nurse Practitioner helps troubleshoot and respond to the health challenges of both mothers and their children. Students can come to school even if they or their children are not feeling well and be assessed, prescribed medications and referred to their primary care physician, if needed. Most often, the nurse practitioner is able to address minor medical concerns and then our students can get to class. Having this form of medical support on-site has significantly improved our attendance rates.
Support Counselors assist students in setting and achieving academic and personal goals. Our counseling focus is on strengths rather than deficits, and students respond well to having support for the changes they’d like to make in their lives. Our experienced counselors also help students address challenges with housing and other basic needs.
Transition Counselors encourage students testing for the GED exam, applying to college, and navigating their way around a new college campus. Many of our students are the first in their families to go to college, so having extra help with filling out college applications, and financial aid forms makes a big difference. Transition counselors do everything from mentoring our students and graduates who are taking college courses, to going with them on the first day of registration to make sure things go smoothly. This is an area in which removing the barriers makes all the difference. Going through the whole process with an expert’s encouragement increases college success rates, and that’s what we’re about.
Consistent with the prep school model, our Support Staff does whatever it takes to ensure student success, helping them find practical tools to expand and fulfill their personal vision.