Ideas realized: How programs for vulnerable students began

By: | Issue: October, 2018
September 17, 2018

Arkansas Community Colleges

Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative, 2005

Funding: Pathways is funded by the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Implementation: Each campus hired case managers to work with low-income parents.

Training: The state trains case managers to work with people experiencing poverty.

Endicott College (Mass.)

Keys to Degrees, 1993

Funding: The university is the main source, along with donations.

Implementation: The college built specialized housing for single parents.

Training: Keys to Degrees staffers receive training and regular guidance from the college’s counseling center as well as from community agencies and statewide family assistance programs.


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Kennesaw State University (Ga.)

CARE Center, 2013

Funding: The center relies largely on donations.

Implementation: CARE collaborated with housing staff to create an emergency dorm unit for homeless students; departments across campus  help find jobs for students who were struggling financially.

Training: Staff, which includes student employees, go through a daylong orientation and weekly trainings on topics such as new software to keep track of food pantry inventory.

Western Michigan University

Seita Scholars, 2008

Funding: The university funds staff salaries, scholarships and equipment; donations cover study abroad programs and student emergency needs.

Implementation: The school of social work launched the program after FAFSA applications made apparent the number of foster system students.

Training: Using a model developed in-house, faculty and others are trained to support students who have lived in foster care or have suffered adverse childhood experiences.


Matt Zalaznick is senior associate editor of UB.