Preventing pregnancy raises graduation odds

Preventing unplanned pregnancy can raise graduation rates, reports Community College Times. Sixty-one percent of women who have children after enrolling in a community college don’t graduate, according to the Make It Personal: College Completion (MIPCC) project.

American Association of Community Colleges and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy are educating students, faculty and staff at six community colleges about the impact of unplanned pregnancies.

The report calls for including discussions about pregnancy prevention and healthy relationships in courses such as English and sociology.

At Montgomery College in Maryland, information about postponing pregnancy was integrated into more than 20 different courses. A professor at Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota restructured her developmental psychology courses to include “multigenerational perspectives on the effects of unplanned pregnancy.”

And at Palo Alto College in Texas, a communications instructor had students write sample press releases promoting National Campaign resources.

The report also suggests including pregnancy prevention discussions in orientation and first-year experience courses and providing online resources about pregnancy prevention with other student services links.

Sociology students at Georgia’s Chattahoochee Technical College held two campus-wide events to distribute information and watch videos created by students.

At Mesa Community College in Arizona, student leaders in the Phi Theta Kappa chapter launched Project HOPE (Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Education).

Student leaders at Georgia Perimeter College held discussions on the topic while watching episodes of MTV’s “16 and Pregnant.”