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    February 27, 2015 | Cannon Beach Gazette | cannonbeachgazette.com • 7A
Lives in Transition program returns to Seaside
Andrew R. Tonry
for the EO Media Group
“She was a single parent
coming out of a divorce that
she never thought she would
go through,” said Margaret
Frimoth.
With the help of Lives in
Transition, a continuing ed-
ucation program at Clatsop
Community College, that
single mother built a new —
and wholly unforeseen — ca-
reer.
“She got through Lives in
Transition and found it very
supportive and empowering
and healing, so she signed up
for other classes,” said Frim-
oth, the program’s director.
But after a long scholastic
layoff, the mother found col-
lege math to be trying.
“In math,” Frimoth said,
“she thinks: ‘I’m not smart
enough. I’m not going to be
able to do this. I don’t get this
math stuff at all. This is not
how my brain thinks.’”
With the support of tutors
and a dedicated study center
on campus, however, the les-
sons began to add up.
“She came in one day
and said, ‘You know, it’s
beginning to make sense,’”
said Frimoth. “She went
on to focus on math, trans-
ferred to a four-year school,
got her bachelor’s and then
went right into her master’s
degree, and now she’s a high
school math teacher.”
While single mothers
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Lives in Transition is a story
heard regularly around the
college’s halls, the program
is open to all men and wom-
en.
Those in South Clatsop
County won’t have to trav-
el far. After a yearlong ab-
sence, Lives in Transition is
returning to Seaside.
The program went on hia-
tus when the previous instruc-
tor moved away, Frimoth said.
Recently, Shelly Alford, who
has taught the curriculum in
Astoria, was hired to revive the
classes at the college’s South
County campus in Seaside.
“We are planning to offer
the classes beginning spring
term, which begins March
30,” said Frimoth.
Lives in Transition is de-
signed for adults interested in
returning to college after time
away from academia, regard-
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educational background.
“We’ve had students in our
classes as young as 16 and up
through 75,” said Frimoth.
“We don’t restrict ages in our
program.”
Some attendees come
looking for a career reset.
“We have displaced work-
ers, men from the timber or
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come through our classes,”
Frimoth said. “We’re also
getting a number of veterans.
They’re coming back, and they
have a G.I. Bill and they have
no idea what they want. They
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Lives in Transition classes be-
cause they talk about barriers
and change and how to adapt
and reconnect with the goals
that we want in our life.
“These classes are really
looking at what education is
and what educational barriers
are there for people and how
to get around those barriers,”
Frimoth added. “We look at
life barriers as well as educa-
tional barriers.”
Frimoth sees two particu-
lar impediments regularly.
“Child care is a huge one
and so is transportation,” she
said, “particularly here in our
rural community.”
Lives in Transition offer-
ers partial reimbursements
for child care and transporta-
tion costs related to attending
class.
It also helps with enroll-
ment, exploring potential
scholarships and securing
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scary.
“We sit down and help
people go through them. And
they’re all done online now,
and some of our folks don’t
feel real comfortable with
a computer, so we certainly
help them with that,” she said.
Lives in Transition also as-
sists students in setting goals
before they embark on the
program and continues that
support once they arrive.
“There is a push on all
college campuses that’s kind
of geared to that high school
graduate who is coming in and
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here and then go off to a four-
year college,” said Frimoth.
“And that’s great. But there’s
this whole other group.”
Lives in Transition helps
on campus in myriad ways,
from a designated resource
room with computers to tu-
toring sessions, as well as
the general camaraderie and
positive reinforcement that
comes by embarking on the
journey with others.
“We have coffee and
couches and computers and
places to hang out and do
homework with other peo-
ple and other students who
have been through Lives in
Transition,” said Frimoth.
“It becomes a real cohort
group here.”
There’s another leg up:
Completing the program
earns a student up to six col-
lege credits toward a degree
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“The classes are free,
which is a gift from the col-
lege,” said Frimoth. “The col-
lege believes in the program
because our students, if they
decide to go to school, do re-
ally well because they have
the additional support.”
For more information
about the program, visit
www.clatsopcc.edu/stu-
dent-resources/student-sup-
port-services/lives-transi-
tion-lit-overview
WINGS conference gave local
Donation for technology
woman a boost to return to school
ogy, and in turn, the trau-
mas of her abuse.
“A woman got up and
Soares had a hypothesis
was talking about being a
that a lot of the damaging
WHAT: Wings confer-
single parent and reaching
effects on children don’t
ence
a kind of plateau in her life
appear until adulthood. “As
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3:30
where she didn’t know what
children grow into adults,
p.m. Saturday, March 7
to do with her life,” Soares
these effects damage the
WHERE: Clatsop
added. “She told her story,
way they’re able to function
Community College,
and I felt like I understood
in society,” she said.
Columbia Hall
what she was saying.”
She worked that hypoth-
The effect was profound
esis
into a research paper,
WHAT: Explore your
and immediate.
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educational opportu-
“She told her story, and
ect. It also granted her peace
nities in this one-day
that’s when I realized that
of mind.
conference hosted by
I wanted to go back to
“I used my experience to
Clatsop Community
school,” Soares said.
create data that can be used
College, AAUW-Seaside
WINGS
encouraged
for people to learn from and
and AAUW-Astoria.
Soares to attend Lives in
with that came a lot of clo-
COST: The conference
Transition, a sort of sister
sure for me,” Soares said.
is free; free lunch and
program of Clatsop Com-
“That was one of the major
childcare are provided.
munity College designed to
things that was affecting my
help men and women return
life.
REGISTRATION: Visit
to school after a prolonged
“So the ability to go to
the WINGS website,
absence.
school and turn it into some-
www.wings-clatsop.
“The classes that they
thing else, it has been ma-
com/Home.html
teach include stress man-
jor,” she added. “It has made
for information and
agement and life transition-
an impact on my life that I
registration, or call Pat,
ing,” Soares said of Lives
can only explain so much.”
503-717-1852.
in Transition. “It was like
Nonetheless, Soares is
being in school, but it was
clear: WINGS helped get
also teaching you how to to the hospital for a week,” her to where she’s at.
go through a big transition. she said. Soares took her
“Just going to that one
You work through all of math homework with her, conference, receiving the
that, and there’s a lot of trig- doing it in a hospital room. plethora of information and
“I didn’t want to take support and the openness,
ger moments in the classes
because they do focus on an incomplete or anything and how friendly and wel-
stress and how to deal with and lose what I was learn- coming all the people were,
it and how to cope.”
ing,” she said. “So I in- it really made me feel like I
As well as helping her sisted to my teacher that I had found my community,”
square away all the pa- ZDQWHG WR ¿QLVK WKH FODVV she said.
perwork‚—
applications out. He was pretty shocked
“It really made me desire
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to do more. Hearing those
in Transition also helped
After wrapping up her different stories and hearing
Soares regain the rhythm of associate’s degree at Clat- that they had faith, it made
returning to class. She got sop, Soares transferred to me realize that I wasn’t stuck
used to showing up a few Eastern Oregon University, and that my life wasn’t stag-
times each week, on time.
where she delved deeper nant, and that there was so
“It was wonderful,” she into psychology and sociol- much more that I could do.”
added. “I enjoyed it very
much. Going to Lives in
Transition made me look
forward to going to school
full time. As soon as I got
about two weeks into the
Lives in Transition pro-
ACCOUNTING SERVICES INCLUDE:
gram I knew for a fact
• Individual Taxes
that I wanted to go back to
school.”
• Business Taxes
Soares arrived on cam-
• Full Service Business Accounting
pus initially planning to
• Bookkeeping
study criminal justice, but
• Payroll
found social sciences more
• Financial Statement Prep
to her liking. She also found
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“I was really bad at
Over 30 years of experience
math,” she said. “But I had
in small business accounting,
a wonderful math teacher,
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individual and business tax
understanding it.”
return preparation.
At the time, nearing the
completion of her associ-
ate’s degree, Soares was also
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