LAKEWOOD, CO – Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn that throws us off course in pursuing our goals. Teen pregnancy and motherhood can certainly make higher education seem unattainable. Such is the idea behind Food for Thought, a luncheon event at RRCC’s Lakewood campus on December 7. RRCC Psychology Chair Amy Buckingham is partnering with Florence Crittenton High School to encourage young mothers to continue their studies and seek the resources that are available to them to attend college.
"We are building a bridge between Red Rocks Community College and our surrounding communities with the goal of making education accessible and approachable for everyone,” said Buckingham. “The success from this event last year will continue to grow as we plan more events and reach out to these students."
Food for Thought will include a luncheon and panel discussion for the seniors at Florence Crittenton, an alternative school for pregnant and parenting teens. The high school girls will have the opportunity to network with students and staff at RRCC who became mothers at a young age and decided to continue their education. In addition, Red Rocks students will partner up with the Florence Crittenton students and serve as liaisons for them in the future as they pursue their education goals.
About Florence Crittenton High School: Florence Crittenton is an Intensive Pathways School that provides education, career guidance, and parenting training for pregnant and parenting teens. In a unique collaboration with DPS, Florence Crittenton Services helps teen mothers stay in school and graduate, give birth to healthy babies, learn how to be nurturing mothers, pursue post-secondary education, and acquire marketable job skills.
More about Red Rocks Community College: Since 1969 Red Rocks Community College has delivered quality education to students of all ages and backgrounds. RRCC offers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 15,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada. www.rrcc.edu.