The switch to fully online learning during the pandemic has challenged everyone, but student parents have been hit harder in some ways.
At Northampton Community College (NCC) in Pennsylvania, Family Success Coordinator Janette Zuk helps student parents by acting as a “resource broker,” connecting them to financial assistance information, tutoring and more. Since the pandemic, their requests have been a little more “anxiety-ridden,” Zuk said, as some have lost jobs or had health issues, have had challenges with online learning or are worrying about child care – among other things.
“They feel disconnected,” Zuk said. So she’s tried to stay in touch and make sure they’re getting the support they need.