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Onward and Upward

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The Onward and Upward program was created to provide a pathway for single parents and pregnant women in completing their education and achieving family financial stability and self-sufficiency. We aim to provide comprehensive wraparound social and financial support to overcome barriers to graduation.

Program Components

  • Students enrolled in Onward and Upward are paired with a Catholic Charities Navigator to identify a plan for academic success.
  • Navigators help students in identifying their educational goals and potential barriers that could negatively affect their success in school.
  • Navigators provide connections to community supports and services.
  • Students agree to meet twice a month with their Navigator to be eligible for financial assistance.
  • Monthly scholarships (non-academic) and emergency assistance are made available to address unexpected and unforeseen events that could threaten the students’ ability to stay in school.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Single mothers, single fathers and pregnant women
  • Pell Grant eligible (Provide an award letter)
  • Enrollment in one of the following programs at RCTC
    • Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
    • Clinical Neurophysiology Technologist
    • Dental Assistant
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Histology Technician
    • Nursing
    • Practical Nursing
    • Emergency Medicine Paramedic

Applications for 2019 Spring Semester will be accepted November 19 through January 14!

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