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The Comprehensive Education and Family Resource Center of Rockland Opens its Doors at College Spring Valley Extension Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: November 4, 2008

CONTACT: Lisa Saunders

(845) 574 - 4244

 

 

The Comprehensive Education and Family Resource Center of Rockland Opens its Doors
at SUNY Rockland Community College Spring Valley Extension Center

 

First workshop, "Healthy Relationships,"on November 15, Noon – 2 p.m.

 

Suffern, NY - The Comprehensive Education and Family Resource Center of Rockland, a collaborative project between SUNY Rockland Community College and The CEJJES Institute, has opened its doors at the SUNY Rockland Community College Spring Valley Extension Center, suite 205B, 185 North Main Street. A second center is due to open in December at the Haverstraw Extension Center, 37 West Broad Street. The College plans to open a third Center on its Suffern campus in its new Theresa Morahan Simmons Center for Children and Families.

 

The Comprehensive Education and Family Resource Center of Rockland serves families with children from birth through college. The first public event will be the workshop, "Healthy Relationships," led by Alexandreena Dixon, the founder of several comprehensive education programs. She is well known throughout the county as the founder of the Young Men’s Rights of Passage program.  To register for the workshop, call the RCC Spring Valley Extension Center at (845) 574 - 4700.

 

The Center’s mission is to enable families and other community members to encourage and support all students as they engage in educational activities that contribute to the development of high levels of mental ability. This is to be accomplished through teaching and learning in and out of school. Services include providing information and referrals concerning Nutrition, Health Maintenance, Life Skills, Money Management, Substance Abuse, Parents’ Support Group, and College Preparatory Programs.

 

The Center models ideas that are included in the book, "Supplementary Education," by Edmund W. Gordon, Beatrice L. Bridglall and Aundra Saa Meroe. Dr. Edmund W. Gordon, RCC Scholar-in-Residence, said, "I have found in my research that highly successful students have been exposed to a rich variety of learning experiences both in school and out of school. Our Comprehensive Education and Family Resource Center is intended to promote information and access to a wide variety of such experiences available right here in the county."

 

Kyle Miller, Director of the Theresa Morahan Simmons Center for Children and Families, said, "It’s important to be able to meet the needs of the entire family. Children cannot be expected to flourish unless their families are flourishing as well. Parents are extremely isolated now—they often don’t have extended family nearby to help like they did 40 years ago. They need to know the resources that are available to them."

 

The CEJJES Institute is a cultural, educational, and research foundation dedicated to improving the educational and social conditions for all disenfranchised people.

 

For more information about the Comprehensive Education and Family Resource Center, contact Fabiola Riobe , Director, at friobe@sunyrockland.edu or (845) 574 - 4107 or visit: http://www.sunyrockland.edu/community/tracs.

 

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Rockland Community College, a unit of the State University of New York, is located 25 miles northwest of NYC. The majority of its students transfer to four-year colleges, and many find immediate employment upon earning their associate's degree or certificate. The College also offers others, from preschoolers to senior citizens, the opportunity to simply learn something new. Quality education...at a price you can afford.

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