Students Who Are Parents (SWAP)
The students at TCC who are parents are part of a large network that we want to support through both peer collaboration and support from TCC and the community.
One community partnership is with "Mothers on a Mission"(MOMs) - a subgroup of TCC's student group Students Who Are Parents (SWAP) - at TCC provides the support network and critical resources to empower single parents through powerful speakers, peer collaboration, individual coaching, study help, and leadership training. All TCC parents are welcome to the events since they are co-sponsored by both the student organization and the Mother's on a Mission subgroup.
Another partnership is through the TCC Foundation in which funds are matched for males for the events connected to the Mothers on a Mission events. Additionally, the Foundation serves as a funding source for other events throughout the year for all of our students to support the needs of our students who are parents. These events are coordinated through our Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Tulsa Community College's student organization (Students Who Are Parents) works in conjunction with TCC's Student Life, TCC's Foundation, and The Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma.
If you are a student-parent and are interested in joining the program, please email email@example.com. For questions related to emergency funds or financial questions related to Women's Foundation or Mothers on a Mission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Join the Parent Support Program?
Joining the SWAP and MOMs program might be right for you if you want to:
- Be your best and inspire your family to be their best as well
- Build a home centered around true principles
- Meet other students who are like you, share common life experiences, and want to discuss strategies for success together
- Join a group of supporters at the college and community who want to help you find opportunities for success
For more information about the program, email email@example.com.
How do we empower parents?
We provide a network of staff, faculty, and community leaders who help parents - who are on a mission towards graduation, career success, and becoming their best selves.
Goals and Success Measures of the Program
- Attend a welcoming event for incoming students who are parents, involving a guest speaker. Please help us out by completing a survey so we understand how the information assists you as a parent.
- Meet with an Academic Success Coach bi-weekly to allow parents to focus on specific issues exclusive to their needs and concerns. These engagements promote dialogue, interaction among other parents, self-advocacy, and expert engagement with guest speakers within the College and Tulsa community.
- Mid-semester meetings for self-assessment of past performance and strategy development for the rest of the semester, receiving expert guidance from advisors and coaches.
- Midterm and final exam tutoring to support studying for midterms, major papers, and final exams. During the two most critical points of the semester, writing and math tutors will be available four hours per day, three days per week.
- Attend "Graduation Ceremony" for graduating parents that includes entertainment, a keynote address, dining, and students’ highlights.
Bi-Weekly Meetings (Tuesdays, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm; Zoom Link provided once registered)
- Tuesday, April 19, 2022 SWAP Networking & Meeting
- Tuesday, May 3, 2022 SWAP Graduation SWAP
Take the survey after viewing any of the events, to give us feedback on your viewing experience.
- April 5, 2022 - "Financial Resources" with Dr. Sandra Rana
- March 8, 2022 - "Advice and Resources on Wellness and Health" with Chad Mikell (MS, LPC LPC)
- February 8, 2022 - "Financial Aid and You," with Steve Ellison, Asst. Director for Financial Aid
- January 25, 2022 - Spring Orientation
- August 24, 2021 - Fall Orientation
- September 7, 2021 - student leadership and SNAP Program with Ramona Curtis, Director of Work Force Development, and Amanda Rogers, Representative from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP
- September 21, 2021 - Gina Conroy, fitness coach, author, and speaker
- October 5, 2021 - advice for managing wellness with TCC Wellness, Chad Mikell, MS, LPC
- October 19, 2021 - the value of Real Estate and first time home buying with Ryan McKenna, Realtor, and Owner of Outshine Realty, and Amanda Viles, Viles Agency, Farmers Insurance
- November 2, 2021 - Conducting a Job Search with Dr. Sandra Rana, professor at Tulsa Community College
- February 23, 2021 - TPS Early Childhood Education with Jordan Sheffield-Mix, Program Manager for Early Childhood Education, and Divanny Perez, Student Recruitment & Community Engagement Coordinator
- March 23, 2021 - TCC Wellness Services with Chad Mikell, MS, LPC from Tulsa Community College
- May 4, 2021 - Featured Guest Presenter, Mary P. Walker, Retired Associate Dean of Communications Services from Tulsa Community College
- August 5, 2020 - Preparing for the Semester Beginning with Mary P. Walker, Retired Associate Dean of Communications Services from Tulsa Community College
- September 24, 2020 - Student Success and Entrepreneurship with Featured Guest Presenter Molly Farley, Assistant Director of Advising from Tulsa Community College
- October 8, 2020 - Good and Ready with Ramona Curtis, Director of Diversity Outreach Services from Tulsa Community College
- October 22, 2020 - Perfectly Imperfect with Karen Harmons, Retired Director of Intercultural Programs from Tulsa Community College
- November 19, 2020 - The Power of Presence: Kicking Anxiety's Butt with Chad Mikell, MS, LPC from Tulsa Community College
Helpful Resources, Grants/Scholarships, and Information
- Oklahoma Single Parent Scholarship: Program This nonprofit organization awards $1000 scholarships each fall and spring semester. Make sure to check the site frequently so you know when the spring 2020 application opens.
- Education Grants for Single Mothers and Fathers
- Live Your Dream Awards (for women) Scholarship
- Oklahoma Single Parent Scholarship opportunities
- Federal Student Aid
- TCC Foundation Scholarships
- TCC Scholarships
- 2-1-1 Oklahoma: offers information and referrals across the spectrum of human needs, including but not limited to rental assistance, food pantries, affordable housing, health resources, child care, after-school programs, caregiver support, financial programs, literacy, and job programs.
- Regional Food Bank Food and Resource Centers: The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has some awesome programs for children – some of these programs may only be available through referral, such as from participating schools. The Food Bank can provide you with additional information; however, the best way to find out if your child’s school or community agency that offers after-school care in your area offers these programs is to ask if they participate in these programs.
- Backpack Program: Part of the Food for Kids Programs, children receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable, and nutritious food on Friday to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. The Backpack program currently has 122 sites in Oklahoma County and is for elementary school students.
- Kids Café: An afterschool and summer program, Kids Café provides food, mentoring, tutoring, and a variety of other activities to children. Kids Café currently has about 20 sites throughout Oklahoma County – typically Boys and Girls Clubs, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and other after-school programs for kids ages 6 to 18.
- School Pantry Program: This program helps middle and high school students, and their families and is operated out of schools. There are about 50 school pantries currently operating in Oklahoma County.
- Food Resource Centers: Provides greater access to food with extended hours and days of operation, client-choice shopping to improve the overall client experience by choosing foods they need and want, access to additional services and resources, and referrals to improve family stability such as connection to other services available in the community. Each center may have its own criteria for eligibility so do a little research. You can view a list of current food resource centers open.