Monday, November 14, 2011
Sixty-one percent of community college students who have children after enrolling do not finish their degree, which is 65 percent higher than those who do not have children, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Here in South Carolina, remarkable partnerships have been developed between colleges and health centers to provide family planning services in Columbia, Charleston, Spartanburg, Aiken, Beaufort and other areas. Few (less than 6 percent) two-year colleges in South Carolina have health centers on campus and these mutually beneficial partnerships between colleges and health centers fill an important gap. Students receive services to delay pregnancy until they are ready, which benefits the student, the college, and our state as a whole.
For more information, visit the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy website.
Shannon Flynn, MSW
Director of Research and Evaluation
SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy