Women's Center

Two Female Friends


The purpose of the Women’s Center is to serve the unique needs of the College’s female students, staff and community members by providing a safe physical location that offers the following: consultation/referral to counseling, support/discussion groups, workshops, gender-specific resources, networking opportunities and county referral, outreach programming, celebrations, and speakers on women’s and gender issues. Emergency financial services and the Smart Choices workshop series are offered to CLC students only.

The Center supports special college populations, including the following: single mothers, returning female students, displaced homemakers, nontraditional career seekers, victims of rape/sexual abuse and domestic violence, women in cultural transition, and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender individuals.

While the Center focuses on services geared toward the CLC female population, its doors are open to both women and men. Several events throughout the academic year invite a diverse audience. Both women and men have been integral in the development of the center.

A Collaborative Effort

The Women's Center collaborates with other College departments, groups, and clubs as well as with community organizations and businesses on a regular basis in order to make available an extensive set of services and programs. In particular, the Center will "share" Counseling staff who have expertise in personal/crisis counseling for women, utilize advocates from local women's organizations and refer students to county support services.

Emergency Fund

The Emergency Fund exists to assist CLC students and their families who are economically disadvantaged. The fund covers financial emergencies with tuition/books, child care, utilities, and work/school transportation. Monies are obtained solely through donations from the community. See the Coordinator for more information about applying for or donating funds.


  • The Giving Tree - Co-sponsored by AAWCC and the Women’s Center, this program is for students and their families who are in need of assistance beyond what financial aid and local organizations can provide.
  • Smart Choices for Student Success - We offer a year-round workshop series that addresses issues relevant to our students' lives at school, at home and in the workplace. Topics covered include: household budgeting, health care, domestic violence, child support enforcement, legal information, self-defense, and auto repair.
  • Volunteer - Volunteer at the Women’s Center for Smart Choices Credit!
  • Scholarships - Contact the Women's Center for scholarship opportunities.

Vist the Women's Center website for more information about programs and events.

Programs open to the community, except where designated.


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