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Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, MN

Student Family Support Center

Young Student Parent ProgramThe Student Family Support Center is a comprehensive support program for students trying to balance the responsibilities of parenting, family, and work with the goals of achieving a college education and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Carlton County Public Health and Human Services, and Fond du Lac Reservation Public Health and Human Services are partners in this effort.

Who qualifies?
Our target group is male and female students that are parenting and/or expecting a child, and are between the ages of 18-35 years old. Student parents that are near the target age and are parenting young children will be accepted. As part of our outreach effort, we also accept young parents in the community that are thinking of returning to school.

What services are offered for participants?
Participants are offered academic advising, a strong support system, special workshops and presentations, free tutoring services, nutrition education, financial counseling, parenting and parent/child classes, free health screenings, connections and referrals to on-campus and off-campus services and activities… and more.

In addition, program participation will be rewarded with incentives for life’s essentials like gas cards, grocery cards, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Bookstore gift certificates, and Wal-Mart gift cards. Participants earn points and rewards for attending parent/child classes (free meal and childcare provided), workshops, tutoring sessions, club meetings, one-on-one visits with the campus social worker and free parent-child home visits with a public health nurse. More attendance means more rewards.

How do I sign up?
Begin by signing up for an initial interview with the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Student Family Support Center Coordinator. The interview will consist of discussion and completing a personal history form to gather your essential information and ask for your input and ideas. You will have a chance to ask questions and share your thoughts. If you choose to participate in the program, you will be given registration materials and a participant packet.


On-Campus Social Worker

The Social Worker on campus assists students in overcoming specific barriers through programmatic efforts, referral, and advocacy to supportive services within the college community, the Fond du Lac Reservation, and the larger community in which the campus resides in a welcoming, culturally diverse environment.

Examples of referrals and supportive services include on-campus services, chemical health, mental health, food shelves, clothing, county/state benefits, emergency shelter, health care, housing, and child care.

Any currently enrolled Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College student is eligible to receive services.

Call the on-campus Social Worker at (218) 879-0898 to set up an appointment. You will need to fill out an intake packet and meet with the social worker. The social worker will then review your intake packet and together you will assess your needs. From there, we will form an action plan with goals to overcome barriers. However, if you feel the concern is urgent, please come to office W118.

Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to contact the social worker if they are concerned about a current student. If you think a student may benefit from the program, we welcome you to share your concerns by making a referral by phone, in person, and/or using the referral form at this link.

Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday)
Walk-In Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For more information, contact:

Ashley Tegels, Social Worker
Student Family Support Center

Office W118
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720


Incentive Points Program

For each Student Family Support Center-related program you attend you will receive a point. When you accrue the number of points needed you will receive the incentive. There are usually several gift cards to choose from.

Below is a list of qualifying activities, events and programs. Participation in each of these will count as one point toward your incentive.

– Circle Support Group Meeting
– Parenting Class
– Workshop or Orientation
– One-on-One Advisory (schedule with Ashley Tegels or drop in)
– Public Health Nurse Home Visit (Schedule with a Public Health Nurse)
– Trio Workshop (see schedule)
– Special Events/Outings (will vary)
– Tutoring in the CAA (forms to sign up for tutoring services are in your binder)
– Join a Student Club (one point per meeting, signed by club advisor)
– Academic Late Night participation (signed by a tutor, faculty, or event leader)
– Student Conference or Academic/Club-related Competition
– Organize or lead an activity

Incentives are:

First meeting with Public Health nurse, $25.00
Completed Incentive Sheet (7 points), $50.00
First Activity, $25.00
Additional gift cards may be offered throughout the year for educational programs or workshops that require a more intense time commitment.

Students can print the incentive points form and return completed forms to the Student Family Support Center for processing. Original paper forms can also be picked up in person in the Student Family Support Center.