Housed in the Workforce Education Services offices in Room E316 at the college’s Downtown Campus, Karen Dhaliwal works with students experiencing housing instability and homelessness. Dhaliwal, a navigator with MDC-Making a Difference in Community, is the college’s representative for the Education to Employment program.
In partnership with Bates, this program helps connect students with dependents to career education programs and transition services. An important aspect of Dhaliwal’s job is to help them remove barriers that can prevent graduation.
“I always tell my students that with the right support services, anything is possible. Don’t tell me the sky is the limit, when there are footprints on the moon. Education to Employment is the stepping stone to make those footprints,” says Dhaliwal.
To qualify for the program, students must be enrolled in the college, are parents or caregivers of a dependent, and live in unstable housing or are currently experiencing homelessness. The Education to Employment navigator assists with college enrollment, applying for financial aid and scholarships, identifying housing assistance, and helps with locating a job.