Phenix City Housing Authority gets WISE with CVCC and Troy


Women Inspired, Successful, Empowered (WISE) participants receiving their certificates of completion.

Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Troy University and the Phenix City Housing Authority celebrated 14 women Monday night who completed a new five-week program entitled WISE in the Phenix City room on the CVCC campus. Seven of the women who attended all parts of the program received a $500 scholarship from the CVCC Foundation.  Susan Wiggins, CVCC Foundation Chair, applauded the women for taking this first step toward achieving their goals. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition/ and or books for one three-credit course at CVCC in the 2017-18 academic year.

Women Inspired, Successful, Empowered (WISE) is a new program at the PCHA.   The program helps women establish educational goals and teaches tools to be successful in accomplishing goals.  Faculty and staff from CVCC and TU provided information and assistance during the program.

The program began with each participant starting a notebook for their educational journey. Whether the end-result is GED, two-year degree or beyond, a clear plan was made to map out educational goals for each woman.

WISE helped participants navigate through the financial aid process. This included explaining what financial aid entails, how to locate and apply for scholarships, and completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

In addition to learning about college admissions procedures and success strategies, WISE participants learned about job skills. This includes not only resume-building and dressing successfully, but also applying for a job, what skills are in demand for jobs, as well as what degrees and certifications are needed for in-demand jobs.

The success of the program has sparked interest in men at the Phenix City Housing Authority and a future project to target men is being developed. WISE will continue as an effort by CVCC, TU and PCHA.

For more information on the WISE program, please contact Dr. Joree Jones, CVCC Dean of Institution Advancement and Effectiveness, joree.jones@cv.edu, Haley Ramey, Resident Services Supervisor at Phenix City Housing Authority, hramey@pchousing.org, or Marianne Michael, Director of Campus Communications, Troy Riverfront Campus, mmichael@troy.edu.

Susan Wiggins, CVCC Foundation Chair with seven of the WISE participants that received one $500 three-credit scholarship from the CVCC Foundation to use during the 2017-18 academic year.