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Access and Success

St. Catherine University (MN)
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, us
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Advocacy
  • Childcare-Services
  • Childcare-Subsidies
  • Counseling
  • Financial-Services
  • Housing-Services
  • Material-Supports
  • Referrals
  • Support-Groups
  • child-friendly study areas, lactation rooms, laptop loan program
any student who is raising a child, regardless of degree level or income.
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Evaluation Available Upon request
Program Description:

For over 20 years the Access and Success program at St. Catherine University has provided a comprehensive services to students raising children. The Access and Success program is staffed by licensed social workers. The program is voluntary and works to build on the existing strengths of student parents while supporting areas of challenge.

Staff focus on creating relationships of support with students raising children and linking them with with resources and services they need to be successful. Resources can be either on or off campus and can include affordable housing and childcare, financial assistance or personal counseling. Our staff are skilled in offering support and assistance to address various personal, academic and family issues which can arise. This might include advocacy, referrals in a crisis, as well as assistance with problem solving, parenting and personal support.

Access and Success also offers programs to meet the unique and diverse needs of student parents. Our Steps to Success program offers intensive one-to-one support to traditional-aged students enrolled in the Day Baccalaureate program who face particular challenges. Our Mother to Mother program builds leadership skills through training and speaking events to local pregnant and parenting teens about the value of additional education/training after high school.

Each year Access and Success serves approximately 470 unduplicated students, serving approximately 50% of the overall student population at the University.

Contact Information:

Name: Joan Demeules, Program Director
Phone Number: 651-690-7870
Program Website:

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