Catholic Charities’ Stay the Course™, a new program offered in conjunction with the Community College of Baltimore County, provides intensive case management and limited emergency financial assistance to address barriers that prevent students from completing their studies and earning a degree or certificate.


Recently, Mark Saunders, program manager of Stay the Course, appeared on WBAL’s TV Hill with Anchor, Jason Newton, to discuss the importance of the program.

“Graduating from a community college is often a pathway out of poverty for low-income students,” said Sauders. “However, many students fail to graduate because of day-to-day barriers such as transportation costs or childcare.” Nationally, fewer than 40 percent of community college students obtain a degree within six years, according to research conducted by the University of Notre Dame.

Stay the Course was created by the Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), a research center in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame, and implemented by the staff of Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, Texas. After seeing positive results from the program, LEO and the Catholic Charities of Fort Worth provided competitive grants to other Catholic Charities throughout the United States. 

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