Southwest Tennessee Community College

September 9, 2003

CONTACT: Kimberly Stark, (901) 333-4023 Marilyn Duncan, (901) 333-4247


The eight-week Professional Re-entry Education Program (PREP) at Southwest Tennessee Community College will have orientation this week. Candidates for the free career/education-counseling program must be single parents, displaced homemakers or dislocated workers who want a fresh start in pursuing personal and career goals. The orientations will be Wednesday, September 10, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and Thursday, September 11, from 1 to 2 p.m., in room F-204 on the College’s Union Avenue campus. 737 Union Avenue.

Evening workshops for those who qualify for the program will begin Monday, September 29, and be held weekly from 6 to 8:30 p.m., through November 17. Afternoon workshops will be on Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m., through November 18. All workshops will be in room F-204 on Southwest’s Union Avenue campus, 737 Union Avenue.

PREP is aimed at increasing the participant’s income and productivity, and is designed to serve those 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 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 program, PREP participants with limited financial resources can borrow textbooks from the PREP text library for their first term of
enrollment at the College. For more information about the program, call (901) 333- 4486.