Virginia College Partners with "Project Working Mom...and Dads Too!" To Offer Full-Ride Scholarships to Working Parents

01.20.09



Virginia College Helps Moms and Dads Get a College Degree During Tough Economic Times


Education Corporation of America, the parent company of Virginia College, today announced that it has partnered with "Project Working Mom...and Dads Too!" to participate in the awarding of more than $2 million in full-ride online college scholarships to working moms and dads.  "Project Working Mom...and Dads Too!" is a national scholarship initiative to help remove the barriers of money, time and confidence, which often keep people from returning to school. 

"Project Working Mom...and Dads Too!" is the third in a line of campaigns to help working parents return to school to better their lives and the lives of their families.  The two previous Project Working Mom campaigns in 2008 received more than 120,000 applications, awarded more than $4 million in scholarships, and sent nearly 100 working moms back to school.  This year, the campaign has added dads to the mix as a result of considerable interest from fathers.

Tom Moore, CEO of Education Corporation of America, says, "Much of our student body at Virginia College on-ground campuses as well as the on-line school is made up of working moms, so this campaign was perfect for us.  We look forward to helping some deserving students return to school and find success in their chosen career fields."

Virginia College is one of five accredited universities participating in the campaign, along with Ashford University, Capella University, Everest University, and Ashworth College. Combined, the schools will award more than $2 million in online college scholarships, bringing the total of Project Working Mom scholarships awarded to more than $6 million.  Virginia College will award fifteen scholarships to its online school.

"Project Working Mom started as a single campaign to help working moms go back to school, but the response was so large that we decided to launch another campaign.  This time however, in response to the voices of many dads, we have added a father-focused element," said Helen MacDermott, content director for Project Working Mom. 

eLearners.com, an online education resource that connects learners with online education and created the Project Working Mom campaigns, also created a complementary, interactive, and in-depth web site to help learners tackle their questions and fears about returning to school.  The site is designed to empower working parents and offers advice on going back to school, self-assessment quizzes on numerous subjects including how to determine what subjects to study, an online support community, numerous articles and a database with $15 billion in financial aid opportunities.

"This campaign is a much needed resource for many moms and dads who would love to pursue a new career path, but don't have the money to get the degree they need," said Carey Casey, CEO of the Kansas City-based National Center for Fathering and fathers.com.  "Many dads I've talked with would love to go back to school, but they don't know where to begin and for many the biggest barrier is definitely cost.  It's great to see action underway to help remove these barriers."

The full-ride online college scholarships through "Project Working Mom...and Dads Too!" are for online programs from the associate's to Ph.D. level.  To apply for a scholarship, working moms and dads can submit a short application at www.elearners.com/projectworkingmom.  They will also need to complete an essay with their life, education and/or career goals and explain how an online education will allow them to achieve those goals.  The deadline to apply for a scholarship is April 30, 2009.

Editor's Note:  To arrange an interview with a scholarship recipient, a member of Project Working Mom, or a member of Fathers.com, contact Jenny Foust at 303.433.7020, jfoust@csg-pr.com.  To speak with someone from Virginia College, contact Don Keith at 205.329-7911, don.keith@ecacolleges.com

About Education Corporation of America/Virginia College
Education Corporation of America, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of over 12,000 students.   Holdings include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs in the areas of Health and Medical, Business, Information Technology, Interior Design, Computer Design, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, and more in eleven different cities.  Virginia College campuses are located in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Mobile, Alabama; Jackson and Biloxi, Mississippi; Pensacola and Jacksonville, Florida; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Greenville, South Carolina; and Austin, Texas. The Virginia College web site is www.vc.edu. Also among the company's holdings are Virginia College Online, offering classes worldwide via the Internet, and Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, both operated from Birmingham, and with an additional Online facility in Tampa, Florida.  ECA also owns and operates the Golf Academy of America with campuses in San Diego, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Orlando, Florida.  The ECA web site is www.ecacolleges.com.

About eLearners.com®
The eLearners.com website is one of several high visibility, high-quality prospecting tools offered by EducationDynamics, LLC.  Since 1999, eLearners.com has been successfully connecting learners to online education, including online degree and certificate programs, specialized career training, and a variety of online courses. For prospective students, eLearners® provides a powerful search engine for users to find thousands of online program offerings, as well as educational evaluation tools and financial aid resources. For colleges and universities, the eLearners.com website offers a low-cost, performance-based method to provide national exposure and increase enrollments in their programs.  For more information on eLearners.com, visit http://www.elearners.com/.