10/3 Grand Opening of Utah Community Education Center to Support Underserved Populations

Posted: Apr 22 2014

October 2, 2013 (Hispanic.com): OGDEN, Utah – The newest addition to the Ogden City College Town Initiative is a center designed to attract more community members to help them obtain a post-secondary education.

The public is invited to the grand opening of the Community Education Center on Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. A short program is set for 6:30 p.m., followed by a ribbon cutting, reception and tours. The center is located at 2955 Harrison Blvd. Ogden, Utah, in the lower level of the United Way/Red Cross building.

The Weber State University Community Education Center is a one-stop center providing support for underserved populations including minority, low-income and first-generation community members to access and complete post-secondary education.

Bruce Davis, vice provost and dean of Continuing Education, said the university is excited to be involved in this new effort to reach out to more students and families in the community.

The center includes three offices: the Community Education Center, the Melba S. Lehner Children’s School and the Community Research Extension of the Center for Community Engaged Learning. The Community Education Center will pair individuals with advisors to assist them in entering the university.

“It’s not just going to be, ‘Here’s a packet — this is what you do,’” said Luis Lopez, director of the center. “When people from an underrepresented community want to go to college, they’ll be connected to a person from our center to walk them through the process until they’re sitting down in class.”

The center has also partnered with Weber County School District to offer a conversational ESL class. Lopez said soon the center will offer a drop-in lab GED preparation course in Spanish as well as space to take the GED.

The children’s school, which is affiliated with the Department of Child and Family Studies, will be for the children of individuals who receive services from the center. The school offers a developmentally appropriate learning program with structured activities designed specifically for the children.

The Community Research Extension (CRE) will assess the success of the programs of the Center for Community Engaged Learning, and it will provide research services by connecting community members to campus experts. The center will also provide space and resources to community projects. Currently, the CRE is helping with the United Way’s “Ogden United Promise Neighborhood Grant.” This federal grant program will study ways that nonprofit organizations and government entities can help transform the community.

Visit weber.edu/wsutoday for more news about Weber State University.
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Contact:                Luis Lopez, Community Education Center coordinator
                                               801-626-7872 
· luislopez@weber.edu

Brian Stecklein, associate dean of Continuing Education
                801-626-6787 
· bstecklein@weber.edu

Bruce Davis, vice provost, dean of Continuing Education
                801-395-3482 
· brucedavis@weber.edu

Brenda Kowalewski, Center for Community Engaged Learning director
                801-626-7737 
· bkowalewski@weber.edu

Azenett Garza Caballero, community research coordinator
                801-626-6249 
· azenettgarza@weber.edu

Paul Schvaneveldt, Child and Family Studies chair
                801-626-6597 
· pschvaneveldt@weber.edu

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