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Hartnell College Center to Present Seminar on Understanding Poverty

April 11th, 2006

A daylong seminar on understanding poverty and helping disadvantaged students achieve success will be presented by Hartnell College's Regional Health Occupations Resource Center (RHORC) on Friday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.

The program is aimed at educators and health care providers, as well as law enforcement and social service workers, according to Kathleen Schrader, RHORC director. "The seminar," she said, "will provide an in-depth study of information and issues that will increase the participants' knowledge and understanding of the poverty culture."

Based on the book "A Framework for Understanding Poverty" by Ruby Payne, the seminar will be led by Sue Nelle DeHart of Denton, Texas, who has been a educator for 42 years in elementary, secondary and college settings. As principal of a school considered a low socioeconomic campus, she was repeatedly recognized for her innovative techniques, inclusion practices, and outstanding academic gains of at-risk students.

DeHart said the seminar will focus on several topics, including how economic class affects behaviors and mindsets, why students from generational poverty often fear being educated, and interventions that improve behavior and performance.

The RHORC at Hartnell is one of eight such centers statewide that provide a mechanism for community colleges to address the needs of the health care industry. The centers are supported by grants from the chancellor's office of the California Community Colleges.

There is no registration fee for the seminar, but participants must purchase a required course workbook for $10. Light refreshments will be provided, but participants will be on on their own for lunch (a guide of local restaurants will be provided).

Persons may register online at www.crconsortium.com. For more information, call Hartnell's RHORC at (831) 755-6916.