Re-entry program benefits returning students

Gustavo Rangel

The re-entry program offers those with a break in their education a chance to return to school with the tools and support you will need to re-enter, and succeed in school.

It is also committed to helping students recapture their dreams by using education as an avenue to change.

ASCC President Michael Barrita explained he believes it’s a program that helps students who did not attend college right after high school get sorted and back on track.

The age for those who can participate is not required, but is usually for people with an education gap of three to five years.

The program offers a support group to help re-entry students connect with other students in the program, which meets the first Monday of every month from 6-7 p.m. in BE4.

Re-entry students are diverse, ranging from career changers, vocational students, professionals returning to school, displaced homemakers, or welfare to work participants.

It also offers scholarships for those only in the program can apply for in workshops, they cover things such as:

  • Format basics
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Obtaining transcripts
  • Financial Statements
  • Essay writing

“I’ll help anyone who needs help, I’m happy to sit down with him or her,” said Shannon Estrada, re-entry resource specialist.

An upcoming event sponsored by the re-entry program is the Community Resource Fair, which is free and open to the public.

It will take place on April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Library sidewalk.

Estrada is located in the Career Center and is open to anyone who wants to get back into school and start a career.