• Engage: #2Gen

Two generations. One future.

2Gen and Postsecondary/ Workforce Development

Postsecondary education is increasingly important to obtain a job that offers family-supporting wages, but students who are also parents face significant challenges to college completion. Nearly a quarter of all college students today are parents, and 13 percent of all college students are single parents. Programs that provide the supports, educational opportunities and skills training to adults often view children as a barrier to participation; a better model would engage whole families. Meanwhile, programs focused on children often see parents merely as facilitators of their children’s education and don’t offer opportunities for parents to increase their own education attainment and marketable job skills. Find interactive resources and convenings below.

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Convenings:

Webinar: Creating a 2Gen Campus: Innovations in Postsecondary Education, December 7, 2015

Student parents compose at least a quarter of all undergraduate students in the U.S. Yet for these students, access and completion of a college degree or certificate often requires a strong support system. Programming that provides educational and skills training while seeking to address family needs helps both children and parents reach positive educational and economic outcomes. During the webinar Ascend Network leaders discussed 2Gen programs on their campuses that support student parents and their families, increasing their opportunities for successful completion of studies. Speakers identified the opportunities and challenges of incorporating two-generation approaches in higher education.

PANELISTS:

  • Erika Endrijonas, President, and Marni Roosevelt, Director, Family Resource Center, Los Angeles Valley College
  • Autumn Green, Director, Center for Residential Student Parent Programs & Keys to Degrees Replication, Endicott College
  • Anna Grimes, Student, Keys to Degrees, Endicott College
  • Kathie Winograd, President, Central New Mexico Community College
  • Moderated by Marissa Mahoney, Program Associate, Ascend at the Aspen Institute