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Single Mothers Outreach hosts college workshop May 30

Posted: May 20, 2009 3:34 p.m.
Updated: May 20, 2009 6:44 p.m.
Single Mothers Outreach hosts a workshop with speaker April Reardon, outreach assistant for College of the Canyons, on Saturday, May 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Canyon Country Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita 91351.

Reardon will discuss many services, both financial and supportive, available to help students reach their academic goals, including financial aid; grants and scholarships to help pay for college; childcare resources; computer and career development resources; occupational training programs; and degree programs.

Reardon was a single mom when she started attending college and she desires to teach others all she knows about the many opportunities to help single parents succeed.

This workshop is for anyone who is considering going back to school as well as those who are currently enrolled who just want to learn more about support services the college provides.

The event will serve complimentary refreshments and childcare will be provided at the library.

The next SMO workshop will help with personal finance with Rebecca Robins, CPA/PFS, CFP, on July 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the Canyon Country Library.

About our Speaker: April Reardon
April Reardon is the outreach coordinator at College of the Canyons. She earned her bachelor's degree in Social Science from Chapman University, and is now in graduate school.

Until she married in 2006, she attended college as a single mom. She learned about the financial aid that was available to her and received assistance in obtaining enough grant funding to allow her to go to school financially stress -free.

April participated in the EOPS program under the leadership of Director, Pamela Brogdon-Wynne. She became a Peer Advisor for EOPS and met with approximately 40 students every week to make sure they were successfully getting through their classes. She developed a network of mentors and friends that made college worthwhile. EOPS paid for her books, cap and gown, school materials, and at the end of every semester if she had a 3.0 or above, she received a check averaging $300.

April graduated from College of the Canyons in 2006 with a 3.6 GPA and later earned her bachelors degree in Social Science from Chapman University on the College of the Canyons campus, finishing in little over a year with a 4.0 GPA. During this time she also worked at College of the Canyons as a full-time Program Advisor in the Counseling Department.

Last September she took a part time position as an outreach coordinator at College of the Canyons so she could be home more for her children and concentrate on her next academic goal: a Master's degree in Educational Counseling at the University of La Verne, also on the College of the Canyons campus. She is halfway through the program and plans to graduate in one year.

April knows the value of taking advantage of every educational and financial opportunity to achieve one's educational goals and will be sharing this knowledge with workshop attendees. She understands the financial and emotional struggles every single parent student faces and is a living testament to the value of persevering in the face difficult challenges.

April not only desires to share her knowledge, but also impart hope and encouragement to those who are considering returning to school and to those currently enrolled. Please join us for workshop that should be a very informative.


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