Clark State Community College has launched The New Beginning program focused on assisting former students who have an outstanding balance with the College but are considerably close to completing their degree.
The New Beginning program will offer debt-forgiveness to eligible students who successfully complete their program of study. “It is Clark State’s intention to assist students in reaching their academic and career goals, and it is understood that life events occur and may prevent them from obtaining their goals,” said Ron Gordon, dean of enrollment services at Clark State. “Working with students who are close to attaining their degree and removing an obstacle that is preventing them from taking those last steps is the reason why the New Beginning program was implemented.”
Candidates for the program include former students who are within two terms of completing their program of study, hold a GPA of 2.0 or higher, are in good academic and conduct standing and have an outstanding tuition balance.
Gordon said each student who presents an interest in the New Beginning program will be considered for readmission to the College. “Students who are accepted into the New Beginning program will complete their readmission to the College by agreeing to meet the guidelines of the program, and their previous balance will be forgiven as long as they complete their program of study and the provisions of the program,” he said.
Clark State offered this option for the first time in the Spring of 2019 as a pilot program. Students who met the criteria were contacted by the College informing them of the steps to participate. Jennifer Mitchell was one of those former students. She is currently enrolled in the Medical Assisting program.
“I was enrolled in the same program two years ago,” said Mitchell. “I have really enjoyed the vibe I get from Clark State. This program has been a blessing in my life. I can never fully express my gratefulness at being given a second chance to complete my degree and begin to build the future I envision for myself and my children.”
Clark State will follow the same process for the start of the fall semester in August, but if former students who feels they may qualify for the New Beginning program may call 937-431-7157 for further details.
“Clark State recognizes the many challenges that may cause a student to stumble as they work towards their goal of degree completion, and the New Beginning program can be the key to unlocking a future of prosperity,” said Gordon. “Clark State has pledged its support in removing barriers and finding ways to assist students in obtaining their academic and career goals. The New Beginning program is a one-time opportunity that has the potential to meet expectations of creating such pathways that leads to student success.”