DATE: January 14, 2003
CONTACT: Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247 or Miki Craft, 901/333-4486


Southwest Tennessee Community College will conduct orientations January 21-27 with candidates for a career/education-counseling program that offers participants a fresh start in pursuing personal and career goals.

The eight-week Professional Re-entry Education Program (PREP) is aimed at increasing the participant’s income and productivity. It is designed to serve single parents, displaced homemakers and dislocated workers who have the potential to succeed in a post-secondary institution, but may lack the initial financial resources to get started or the motivation to attend.

To aid in the motivation toward achieving career and personal goals, the program presents workshops on College Life, Positive Imaging, Career Options, Stress Management, Time Management, Money Management, Assertiveness Techniques, Employability Skills Training, Goal Setting and related topics.

The PREP Program is offered only at the College's campus located at 5983 Macon Cove. Day classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., February 11 - April 10. The evening sessions are scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 - 9 p.m., February 10 - April 9.

The program also offers assistance in applying for federal aid and scholarships, and in establishing ongoing counseling relationships between participants and PREP counselors. In addition, childcare assistance is offered on a space-available basis for children ages 15 months through 12 years. After completing the eight-week career-counseling course, PREP participants with limited financial resources can borrow textbooks from the PREP Text Library for their first term of enrollment at the College. For information about PREP orientation or to schedule an interview, call 901/333-4486.