BENONA TOWNSHIP – It has been estimated that 25 percent of today’s working aged adults in West Michigan hold an associate degree or higher, but by 2025, 64 percent will require some form of post-secondary education.
With that gap in mind, the Women Who Care of Oceana decided at its March 5 meeting, at Stony Lake Inn, that each of its 150 members will make a $100 contribution to the Oceana College Access Network (also called Oceana CAN! or OCAN). The Women Who Care members’ collective generosity nets OCAN some $15,000.
OCAN is a collaborative of K-12 schools, businesses, colleges and organizations focused on ensuring all students have resources and the mindset to pursue and complete higher education after high school. This includes certificate programs, trade schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities. More information about this important program is found at www.oceanacan.org.
On the first Tuesday of March, June, September and December, Women Who Care meets for an hour somewhere in Oceana to learn about three worthy nonprofit causes serving county residents. They choose one that everyone agrees to support with $100 personal checks. Socializing follows for those who have the time to stay. Membership is open to any woman who wants to be involved in this unique, joint effort to support Oceana causes.
The next meeting is Tuesday, June 4, at a location to be determined. For more information, contact Amy LaBarge at 313.268.2086, or check on-line at facebook.com/womenwhocareofoceanacounty.