Education Support for Employees
ft. Andrea Hansen
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In December's program Andrea will help us:
- Understand trends within higher education relative to student parents, their experiences, and outcomes
- Identify the obstacles, strategies, and resources for successful completion
- Become familiar with the Self-Sufficiency Program at UW-L and other local pre-college initiatives
- Develop strategies to identify and support the educational goals of single-parents
This program will provide information on what is available locally to support the educational aspirations and journeys of low-income single-parents as well as provide the audience with ideas of what they can do as employers. Because in our workplaces and communities, single-parents see education as the way to make a difference, not only for their own families, but for others. Despite formidable barriers, many low-income single-parents can obtain their earned credentials and put their skills, talents, and commitments to work.
Andrea Hansen is the Program Director of the Self-Sufficiency Program (SSP), a pre-college program of UW-L’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. Each semester, single parents and others meet to discover their academic and career interests, explore higher education options, and practice college-level work. SSP is offered at no-cost to participants and childcare is provide. Now in its 31st year, SSP has provided support for those who are now the teachers, social workers, accountants, attorneys, caregivers, nurses, administrators, parents and leaders who make our community strong.
Andrea holds a M.S. in Sociology from Iowa State University. Throughout her career, Andrea has worked in organizations, higher education, and communities to address issues of poverty, racism and gender violence. She is a founding member of the Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council.
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