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Poverty Simulation To Be Held At Collin College

Nov. 2, 2012 - Area residents may not understand poverty and the circumstances surrounding it as well as they think they do. In an effort to help educate individuals about poverty, a poverty simulation will be held from 6-10 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Collin College Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Free and open to the public and facilitated by Region 10 Educational Center, the interactive simulation provides a town setting with many typical institutions including a police station, pawn shop, bank, social security office and church.

Collin College student Breanna Rivas attended the spring poverty simulation and says she was impressed that the simulation was backed up with facts.

“I didn’t know what I was getting into. We were given tasks and bills and an income that wasn’t sufficient. It was hard to work things out. I did not know what to do. I just couldn’t believe people go through this. I thought I knew about poverty because of life in general, but the simulation opened my eyes that there is actually a social problem in the U.S. It is tough out there. People don’t understand that people in the U.S. go through these kinds of things. I will definitely not forget it. Now, when I hear about a canned food drive I don’t ignore it. I donate,” Rivas said.

Space is limited, and participants must register to attend. For more information and to access the registration packet, visit www.collin.edu/academics/csce/CSCESpecialEvents.html. To RSVP go to csce@collin.edu .  Contact the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement at csce@collin.edu or  972.881.5927 with any questions.

Collin College serves nearly 53,000 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.