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The Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) Center for Success, which provides physical and mental health resources to Montgomery College students to support their academic success, is being recognized by two national organizations – The American Association for Women in Community Colleges and EVERFI – for its important work.   

The American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) has awarded Montgomery College the Community College Model Program Award for the SHaW Center’s Fuel for Success Food Campaign. The SHaW Center was recognized in October during AAWCC’s Annual National Leadership Conference, which was held online. 

“These recognitions are a testament to the hard work, dedication, and assistance of many people at the College to support and address students’ non-academic needs,” said Carmen Poston Travis, director of Student Affairs and Initiatives at Montgomery College. “Therefore, we share this honor with the entire College.”  

According to Poston Travis, the SHaW Center’s team has been extremely intentional with delivering programs since its inception. However, in the past year, the team has become more strategic with implementing various approaches to increase education, awareness, and prevention. 

“The SHaW support of our MC students also meets meet federal and state mandates as it relates to sexual assault/harassment on college campuses and opioid/substance use,” she said. 

The AAWCC Board of Directors “takes pride in honoring outstanding women leaders and model programs from across the nation” at the Awards Breakfast each year. The Model Program Award celebrates effective programs in community colleges that address the needs of women. 

In addition, EVERFI named Montgomery College as one of the 2020 Campus Prevention Network Seal of Prevention™ Recipients. The CPN Seal of Prevention is awarded to institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to digital prevention programs tied to student safety, well-being, and inclusion. 

Each recipient of the CPN Seal of Prevention has taken action to “create a safer, more inclusive campus through comprehensive, evidence-based digital prevention education on issues such as such as sexual assault, alcohol misuse, mental health, and discrimination.” 

“I am extremely proud of this team,” Poston Travis adds. “…Efficient, effective, and excellent – the guiding principles for our work!”  

EVERFI is a leading company that designs and develops educational software and serves clients in the United States and Canada. It offers financial and higher education, corporate social responsibility, and workplace training.  

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