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LCC to Host Community Forum on Needs of Student Parents, College Attainment

April 24, 2017

LANSING, MICH. - On Tuesday, April 25, Lansing Community College (LCC) will host Parents Speak-a public forum where student parents from LCC and the community will speak to a listening panel about the barriers that prevent them from attending and persisting in college.


Current and disconnected student parents in high school and college will testify to high level community stakeholders from the business, higher education, K-12 education, nonprofit, philanthropic, government, and media sectors.

Listening Panelists include:

  • John Ambrose, senior associate director of admissions, Michigan State University
  • Michele Corey, vice president for programs, Michigan's Children
  • Teresa Kmetz, president and CEO, Capital Area United Way
  • Jeremy Reuter, CEO, Early Childhood Investment Corporation
  • Michele Strasz, executive director, Capital Area College Access Network
  • Linda Vail, health officer, Ingham County Health Department
  • Arnold Weinfeld, director of urban policy initiatives, MSU Outreach and Engagement


Lansing Community College, Health and Human Services Building
515 N. Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933
Rooms 005, 006,007


4-6:30 p.m.

Run of show:
Doors Open: 4 p.m.
Welcome: 4:15 p.m.
Testimony: 4:30 p.m.
Discussion/Q&A: 5:15 p.m.
Reception: 5:45 p.m.

Key themes/barriers to be discussed:

  • Child care scarcity
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Support services within the education system
  • Financial Aid
  • Health and Mental Health Care
  • Employment


The Coalition for College and Career Readiness (C3R) Student Transition Action Team is addressing the link between school readiness and college attainment. LCC, the Capital Area College Access Network, and the Great Start Collaborative are co-sponsoring Parents Speak.

The goal of C3R is to ascertain the gap between high school and first-year college and career readiness skills, increase academic success for students PK -post-secondary and facilitate college readiness.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education, and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit, and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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