All College Poverty Training

2016 Update:

Due to the knowledge gained through the Poverty Institute, Century and the Community Work Group was formed.  In addintion to a food pantry, a resource fair, and a visiting doctor one day a week on campus, this group worked this past year for a formal space designated as Century's Resource and Support Center (RSC).  The RSC helps students with food insecurity, healthcare and SNAP benefit enrollment, and connections to community organizations and resources.   The RSC empowers Century students via work study dollars who serve as mirrors and guides for other students.

The Century and Community Work Group also focused on financial literacy.  They collaborated with the University of Minnesota's Extension Services to create and train over 50+ staff.  Along with this training, our Financial Aid Director presented financial aid and literacy information about our students at two all college development days this past year.

2015 Update:

After the all college day workshop by Dr. Donna Beegle, seventeen faculty, staff and administrators from Century were chosen to attend Dr. Beegle’s Poverty Institute (hosted by Century and Metro State) to further their knowledge in this area.  After attending the Institute, eight faculty and staff furthered their training by attending a second workshop in which they became certified poverty coaches.  Through Century's professional development programming, our poverty coaches have offered multiple “Poverty Learning Exchanges” on campus for staff, faculty and administrators. Poverty coaches from across sister institutions developed a "Resiliency" listserve to share data, articles and resources that directly support our students who live in the crisis of poverty.


This training was planned in response to data that told us at least fifty percent of our students are now eligible for the Pell grant. We recognized the need for our faculty, staff, and administrators to become more educated and sensitized to the different types and causes of poverty, as well as how our college can better support students affected by poverty.

Approximately 450 faculty, staff and administrators attended our All College Development Day on April 10, 2014.  The day began with one of our sociology faculty presenting on the important intersection between race and poverty. Dr. Dolance included very local and immediate information with data from our local school districts. Dr. Donna Beegle, a nationally recognized expert on poverty, then facilitated a four hour workshop on poverty. Evaluations from the day show that, overwhelmingly, attendees found the day very informative and helpful.

Next steps in this work include Century College co-hosting a two day Poverty Institute and a two day Poverty Coaching Institute with Dr. Donna Beegle in Fall 2014. We will also host opportunities for faculty and staff to attend poverty workshops in the summer and fall with Century College trained poverty coaches facilitating these opportunities.

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