Two years ago, when the brutality of life was constantly jabbing away at our psyche, the pandemic stepped in and said, “Hold my beer!” Combining work with education is even tougher these days. If your job is helping Community College students, you may have noticed their list of hardships has only increased.
A March 2021 report from the Center for Community College Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin revealed some growing challenges for post-traditional students. 43% of female students with children are worse off than they were before the fall of 2020. And, at least a third of students in every racial and ethnic group are having trouble paying tuition. Vital internet access is a problem for 1-in-4 students. Those are only a few of the worries.
If your Community College has tuition assistance programs or resources available, make sure you’re letting students know. And, more importantly, guide them through the process of applying.
Obviously, your institution can’t put the world back on its axis, but you can make students aware of the resources available. According to the report, 57% of Community College students had no idea if their school offered mental health services or other assistance. One quick text message could make a huge impact.
Trying to predict what the landscape will be like in six months is futile, and there are sure to be temporary daycare closures, grade school scheduling pitfalls, and a myriad of other obstacles thrown in your students’ paths. Dropping helpful texts at important touchpoints can help ease the pressure cooker.