June 6, 2017

DADS 2 GRADS event encourages South Carolina fathers to continue their education

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families hosted the second annual DADS 2 GRADS educational community summit May 20 at Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus.

DADS 2 GRADS is a collaborative effort between the center and several community partners, including Midlands Technical College and Richland One Adult Education. At the event, there were breakout sessions on college admissions, adult education, financial aid and Midlands Tech QuickJobs. The goal of the event was to connect fathers to resources to enable them to take their education to the next level and obtain better paying jobs. Participants also received help writings resumes and filling out applications.

“We want to help the father who doesn’t have his high school diploma to get his GED or the dad who didn’t go to college to pursue a degree and the father who has hands-on skills to go get that certification,” said Marc Himes, program manager at the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. “It’s all about setting them up to win at the next level so that they become better providers for their children and families,” he said.

About the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Its mission is based on the conviction that children thrive when an engaged, responsible father is active in their lives. In South Carolina, many children live in a father-absent home, and the consequences are dire. To address this problem, the center supports 17 fatherhood programs currently serving 33 counties across the state while promoting father-friendly policies and practices and helping to erase society's negative stereotypes of non-custodial, low-income dads.


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