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SCO Family of Services Partners with Touro University to Help Early Childhood Employees Pursue College Degrees

January 25, 2024 / SCO News

SCO Family of Services is excited to begin a new partnership with Touro University that will help employees in SCO’s five Early Childhood Education Centers in Brooklyn and Queens who are interested in pursuing college degrees in early childhood.

The initial phase will focus on Early Education staff who are seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree. Touro University will provide two free classes each year to each participant and offer several other benefits, such as financial aid, flexible curriculum, mentors and more.

Tasha-Lee Richards, Natalie Girvan, and Mariah Coleman, who work at SCO’s Morris Koppelman Early Childhood Education Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn, have already enrolled and look forward to beginning their first classes this week. Each has a child that also attends the Center. They like that this new opportunity allows them to balance work, life, and education, while helping them pursue long-term career goals.

The SCO-Touro partnership supports SCO’s DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) efforts by helping staff access higher education to advance their career trajectory.

“It’s very exciting that SCO supports educational pursuits and upward mobility in their staff,” said Fahima Degia, Touro University Recruiter and Admissions Counselor. “It’s something you don’t often see in early childhood agencies.”

Future plans include expanding this educational opportunity to other staff.

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