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CCCC's NETWORKS Program Wins National Award

CCCC's NETWORKS Program Wins National Award

Released on July 24, 2000-Collin County Community College's NETWORKS program, which promotes non-traditional, high-tech careers to women, has been named the winner of the 2000 Progress in Equity Award given by the American Association of University Women's Legal Advocacy Fund.

The award, which is to be presented in 2001, carries a stipend of $5,000 to be used in support of the program. It is the latest of a series of honors earned by the program, which was initiated in 1997 to guarantee female students access to high-tech job opportunities. In 1998-99, NETWORKS was awarded the NASPA Region III Innovative Program Award, the National Council on Student Development Region VI Exemplary Program Award and the Terry O'Banion Shared Journey Award. NETWORKS (Non-Traditional Employment in Technology Working to Overcome Resistance through Knowledge and Support) has assisted nearly 100 students in pursuit of high-tech, non-traditional employment. It provides partial textbook reimbursement, childcare assistance, free monthly life skills and job readiness workshops and linkage with area employers.

NETWORKS cooperates with other campus programs to promote awareness among faculty and staff about non-traditional majors and overcoming gender stereotypes.

Because of the program's success, an additional Perkins grant was awarded for the 1999-2000 academic year to increase service to special populations (single parents, students with disabilities, displaced homemakers, economically disadvantaged and international students).

CCCC's program is being piloted at all North Central Texas College campuses and at Weatherford College. "This is a magnificent honor for the college," said Cary A. Israel, CCCC president. "Special congratulations to Linda Qualia (director of counseling) and Tracey Fleniken (program coordinator) for making this program such a resounding success." Sherry Jeffrey gives support and assistance to the program.

"We are honored to recognize this wide-reaching program that advances women's equity on campus," said Sylvia Newman, president of the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.

Honorable mention was given to programs nominated by Washington State University and Eastern Oregon University. For more information on NETWORKS, call Tracey Fleniken at (972) 377-1671.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.