Southwest Tennessee Community College

September 22, 2003

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

PREP AT SOUTHWEST GETS GRANT TO REPLENISH TEXTBOOK LIBRARY

The Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation/ PREP Textbook Library is a 2003-2004 recipient of a $7,000 Women’s Foundation grant. The grant will provide new textbooks for participants in the Professional Re-entry Education Program.

PREP is an education and counseling program that offers participants a fresh start in pursuing personal and career goals. Qualified single parents, displaced homemakers or dislocated workers attend the program’s eight weeks of confidence building and skills workshops before enrolling in classes at Southwest.

“The grant comes at just the right time,” said Miki Craft, PREP Director. “The books changed this year in almost every intro course our students take.” This means new participants couldn’t borrow the library’s used textbooks. The library is invaluable to PREP participants, who could easily spend about $700 a semester for books.

The nonprofit Women’s Foundation was founded in 1995 and provides public grants throughout Memphis and Shelby County. The Foundation focuses on “opportunities that will enable mothers and their children to reach their full potential,” and includes such areas as education, self-sufficiency and career development.

For information about the PREP program, call (901) 333-5493.

Southwest, Tennessee’s largest two-year college, serves more than 12,000 students in Memphis, Shelby and Fayette counties, and the Tri-State area.

Southwest offers 39 programs for career studies and transfer, 37 two-year programs leading to immediate career entry through the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, and more than 40 areas of interest in traditional university transfer programs through the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree. In addition, Southwest offers Academic Certificate and Technical Certificate programs in 28 areas. Technical certificates are usually completed in no more than one year, and prepare students for immediate entry positions in high-demand, specialized fields. Southwest, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.