A news story about an ACCESS student from Franklin University testifying in front of a House panel in Washington DC

ACCESS Collaborative student testifies in Washington DC

In March of 2019, ACCESS Collaborative student Jenae Parker testified before the US House Education & Labor Committee about college affordability. She spoke about her journey to receiving her Associate of Applied Science in Human Resources Management from Columbus State Community College in 2018, the challenges she overcame, the roadblocks she encountered, in particular how she would afford her college education.

Janae is currently enrolled at Franklin University, where she plans to receive a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management in fall of 2021. While working on her degree, Janae is living in Columbus Scholar House. Columbus Scholar House brings together education and housing services for at-risk student parents who otherwise face barriers in completing their degree. The student parents receive supportive services through the ACCESS Collaborative program to help them stay in school and maintain their grades while also providing for the needs of their children.

ACCESS Collaborative is a program housed in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University. The program provides academic and social support to assist low-income, single parent students who are pursuing a college education at The Ohio State University. Additionally, ACCESS partners with Community Proprieties of Ohio to provide affordable housing and support to Ohio State and other college students living in Columbus Scholar House.

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