Partnership Empowers Women to Succeed

| By: Fermanich, Rachel

Two programs designed to give low-income mothers a boost with life skills are validating their success. Completers of both the Starting Point 2.0 and EmpowHER programs were recognized in December during a special ceremony at Fox Valley Technical College’s Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Theatre on the Appleton campus.

In collaboration with B.A.B.E.S and the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, FVTC worked with a third cohort of Starting Point 2.0 students to help them build life skills to pursue employment opportunities, overcome unexpected barriers and emotional hurdles, prepare for college success, and more in a team-supportive format. While taking classes, these participants engaged their young children in age-appropriate early childhood education as well. The initiative addresses generational poverty by bringing the family together to share their learned experiences.

The other partnership program, EmpowHER, made up the other part of the ceremony by acknowledging its first set of completers. EmpowHER mirrors the same learning objectives as Starting Point 2.0 but for women without children.


(from left): Emily Harris, Raven Ortiz, Nadia Summers, Skylar Johnson, Kirsten Kalm, Sandra Duran, Cheyanne Storch, and Gaby Tolan.