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NEW DATE: 2012 WINGS Conference Sets Women On The Road To Success

WINGS stands for Women Interested in Going to School. This one-day program will be held Saturday, March 3, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Columbia Hall, a fully accessible facility on Clatsop Community College’s Astoria campus.   The date has been changed from the former September conference date.

What advantages does a woman gain by continuing her education?

First, her new skills make her more marketable and generally better paid. A woman with an Associate degree earns on average about $10,000 more per year than one with a high school diploma; with a bachelor’s degree, that figure doubles.

In addition to being better able to provide for her family, she sets a positive example of education’s value for her children. And she is more likely to contribute to her community through volunteering. So not only does the woman benefit, the entire community does too.

Many women, however, believe that going back to school is too costly or difficult. For the past nine years, the WINGS Conference has shown more than 400 local women that education is not out of reach and has given them the confidence and support to continue. So successful is the annual event that every past participant has reported that she would recommend the conference to a friend.

WINGS stands for Women Interested in Going to School. This one-day program of information and inspiration is jointly sponsored by Seaside and Astoria Branches of American Association of University Women and by Clatsop Community College.

This school year the conference will be held Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Columbia Hall, a fully accessible facility on Clatsop Community College’s Astoria campus.

Anyone interested in earning a GED, an Associate or four-year degree, training for a new career, updating job skills or exploring graduate school possibilities will find WINGS helpful and exciting. College and university staff will provide information about admissions, scholarships, financial aid, support programs, career planning, non-traditional careers, conquering math anxiety, distance learning and more.

Women who have overcome enormous obstacles to education will share their success stories and offer advice and support. Staff will be available to answer questions and to offer suggestions.
Participants in the conference receive breakfast, lunch and snacks, as well as educational benefits. Professional day care is provided on-site for children under 12 at no cost to participants. The conference is fully funded by donations from our community.

In 2009, 140 North Coast businesses, professionals and individuals supported the conference with funds, small items for “goody-bags” and door prizes. Some businesses have sponsored employees’ attendance as well. Donors are listed in the WINGS program and on the website, and participants and staff are strongly encouraged to patronize contributors. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Donation checks should be made to Clatsop Community College, with WINGS on the memo line, and sent to WINGS, 170 Harbor Street, Warrenton, OR 97146. We will be pleased to list your name or business in our program and, if you wish, on our website.

For more information, or to register for WINGS 2012, please refer to the WINGS website at www.wings-clatsop.org, or call 503-717-1852. Preregistration is required and will open February 1, 2012.

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. Columbia Hall is ADA Accessible.

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