The SMART program is a support and networking program for single mothers. Participants must have demonstrated financial need, and will attend school at least halftime. Program activities take place on weekday mornings.

As a group, SMART students will:

  • Take an English class and Skills for College Success, equaling 6 credits.
  • Attend training workshops and seminars on topics related to overcoming barriers which could keep you from succeeding in college.
  • Meet weekly for support and networking with peers.
  • Receive financial assistance from the Women's Center.

Come to Lakeland and start classes with other single moms. Tackle your education together!


  • Do you think outside the BOX?
  • Do you want to be in demand?
  • Do you want a career that is out of the ordinary?
  • Do you want to earn while you learn?

Are you a woman in transition?

This is your chance to:

  • Explore the possibilities of a new career direction
  • Gain knowledge about how Lakeland works
  • Participate in a WISE support group

The First Rung to College program was started in response to people who wish to start college but did not graduate from high school.

The First Rung to College will allow you to prepare for your GED and prepare for the move to college at the same time. The program will run for 15 weeks along with Lakeland's semesters. By the end of the program, participants will have completed an introductory college level course, Skills for College Success, and be test-ready for the GED. All classes will take place in Lakeland's classroom at the Kirtland main campus. Pretesting is available in Kirtland.


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