In September, Catholic Charities premieres Stay the Course™ on the campuses of the Community College of Baltimore County. This newly implemented program is designed to help college students overcome day-to-day barriers that may prevent them from completing their studies and earning a degree or certificate.

Graduating from a community college can be a pathway out of poverty for low-income students. However, many students fail to graduate because of day-to-day barriers such as transportation costs or childcare. In fact, nationally, fewer than 40 percent of community college students obtain a degree within six years, according to research conducted by the University of Notre Dame.

“Through Stay the Course™ students will gain support from intensive case management and limited emergency financial assistance,” said Mark Saunders, program manager.

L to R Latasha Davis (Support Specialist); Natasha Newnam (Data/Program Assistant); Mark Saunders (Program Manager); Kianna Richardson (Support Specialist); Sue DeSantis (Program Champion)

Meet the team of Stay the Course™ L to R Latasha Davis (Support Specialist); Natasha Newnam (Data/Program Assistant); Mark Saunders (Program Manager); Kianna Richardson (Support Specialist); Sue DeSantis (Program Champion)

To inform and recruit students, the Stay the Course™ team is participating in #ConnectFest, a resource fair that will be held on two of the college’s full-service campuses including CCBC Catonsville, and CCBC Essex. On Wednesday, September 4, Stay the Course™ will be at #Essex campus and on Wednesday, September 11, they will participate in the #Catonsville campus Connect Fest.

Learn more about Stay the Course™ https://www.catholiccharities-md.org/uncategorized/catholic-charities-stay-the-course-to-help-guide-students-to-success/