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Some Homeless Getting Hand From Community College in PA

I found a wonderful story about a Luzerne County College that is offering classes for the Homeless in their area.  I think it’s a great plan and I think it would be nice if the college here in Pottstown, MCCC offers that kind of thing too!

Here is a little more on the story from Wilkes Barre’s Times Leader:

Luzerne County Community College, by contrast, recently announced that it plans to provide the area’s homeless population with something much more long-lasting and potentially life-changing: free training toward high school equivalency diplomas, or GEDs.

Bravo to the brave soul(s) at LCCC who first floated that idea at the faculty meeting. Presumably, most colleges are not pursuing, or even giving much thought to, a demographic commonly considered to be down on its luck, destitute and lacking a mailing address at which to send student loan bills. But apparently program coordinator Francis Curry and others on LCCC’s main campus in Nanticoke saw fit to focus some of the institution’s resources on a pressing public problem.

The college’s new project, called “Hope for the Homeless,” aims to give certain homeless and at-risk individuals a basic education, upping the odds they can land jobs and ultimately afford to rent apartments or other places to live.

LCCC will partner with several area agencies to deliver the training, college officials said during Friday’s announcement. Judging by the list of participants, organizers of “Hope for the Homeless” did their homework on this community’s social safety net. The lineup includes Catholic Social Services, the Domestic Violence Service Center, Catherine McAuley House, the Salvation Army’s Kirby Family House, Ruth’s Place and Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18’s Homeless Children Initiative.

 

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