HigherEdMorning.comNew chances for mentally ill students

New chances for mentally ill students

June 27, 2011 by Christina Insalaco
Posted in: Academics, In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views, Student Life

A special program aimed at mentally ill students has gotten a boost. Here’s how it works.  Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania has been recharged with a $100,000 grant from the van Amerigen Foundation to develop its Partnership On Work Enrichment and Readiness for Transitional Age Youth program (POWER TAY).

Since the program’s start in 2006, 200 students with mental illnesses have led more functional lives and refined their education after participating in POWER TAY.

The 14-week course teaches students with mental illnesses (such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) about the library, college services, college clubs, financial aid and the registration process. Additional tutoring is also available.

The program welcomes students ages 17-28, and provides a peer mentor coordinator that has also graduated from the POWER Program.

After completing the POWER course, students continue with the POWER Plus class, a weekly support group that improves students’ problem-solving skills. It gives students a place to share their academic successes, and talk about their progress in adjusting to college life.

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