The Meridian Housing Authority is teaming up with Meridian Community College for a Holiday Education Fair. The two have been in a partnership for a number of years. Organizers say the team effort is part of MHA's Family Self-Sufficiency Program.
"We have over 100 active participants in our SFS program, and I can say that a great number of them have taken advantage of the opportunity of enrolling in college courses," says Sheila Austin, who is the Coordinator for MHA's Family Self-Sufficiency Program. "I can say right now that we have about anywhere from an 8% to 9% success rate of the 100 participating in this program."
When it comes to public housing, MHA officials say it's a transition type service which has a goal to help people become more self-sufficient. That's why they say Education Fairs, such as the one that will be held Wednesday, are so important.
"Our goal is to have at least ten people come through the doors and enroll," says Austin. "We want to bring it to you. We want to make it as easy as possible."
Meridian Community College is providing book scholarships and other financial aid to MHA residents who enroll, and are in need. As part of the partnership, some of MCC's GED and spring classes will be held at the Frank Berry Courts Community Center, which is owned by the Meridian Housing Authority.
The Holiday Education Fair will be held from 10 AM until 5 PM December 5th at the Frank Berry Courts Community Center. The general public is invited to attend. Information about courses, and financial aid that's available at MCC will be provided.