'On the Move' education outreach event at U-M-Dearborn

A free one-day outreach program dedicated to introducing socially and economically disadvantaged women and men to post-secondary education will take place March 13 at U-M-Dearborn.

"On the Move: College is an Option!" will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Fairlane Center North Building, located off of Hubbard Drive.

Beverly Alexander, manager of the Detroit Recreation Department, and Judge Annette Berry of the Third Circuit Court will speak at the event.

"The goal of this community outreach effort is to assist participants in realizing the importance of a college education in their efforts to become financially independent," says Monica Porter, a member of the event's planning committee and director of U-M-Dearborn's Women's Resource Center. "Many 'On the Move' participants are referred to this event by domestic violence shelters, social service agencies and community support groups. However, the program is open to all."

Accompanied by volunteer mentors, participants attend a college course; hear a panel discussion of returning students who share their own college experiences; and receive information on how to apply for college, register for classes, and apply for financial aid and scholarships. Representatives from local colleges, universities and service organizations will staff informational tables.

The event is sponsored by U-M-Dearborn's Office of the Provost, Commission for Women, the Business and Professional Women of Dearborn, and the American Association of University Women, Dearborn branch.

To become a volunteer mentor or for more information about the event, contact the Women's Resource Center at (313) 583-6445.

To register for the free event, call (313) 583-6511 by March 7.