Women in Transition Program (WIT)
Delores Bell, WIT Coordinator; Ana Iturbides, WIT participant; Dr. Merle Harris,
Former Charter Oak President
Moving women to self-sufficiency
The Women in Transition Program was established in 1999 by the President of Charter
Oak State College, Dr. Merle Harris. The program helps working single mothers earn
an Associate and/or Bachelor's degree with the assistance of student financial aid.
The online courses
offered at Charter Oak State College allow mothers to earn their degree from the
convenience and comfort of their homes. The program is funded by donations and grants
. If you are able, please consider donating to this valuable program by visiting the
Charter Oak State College Foundation
Applicants must fulfill all of the following qualifications:
- Be a single mother with dependent children
- Have a minimum of 21 college credits from an accredited institution
- Have a minimum 2.3 Quality Point Average
- Meet the eligibility requirements for Federal Financial Aid
- Be employed in a low paying job (will be determined once application received).
- Be willing to take at least two or three courses per semester
- Online college courses
- Loan of a laptop and printer
- Free dial-up Internet service
- Reimbursement of a percentage of the cost for DSL and other services
- Books provided for Charter Oak State College courses
- Reimbursement of books for courses taken at other institutions
- Academic, career, and personal counseling
Please Note: There are currently no available openings in the program, and all future openings
are contingent upon funding.
WIT Application Instructions
If you meet all qualifications, please:
- Download the WIT Application and the WIT Questionnaire (as PDF*).
- Mail the completed application, questionnaire, and a copy of your transcript/transcripts
Delores Bell Coordinator, Special Programs
Charter Oak State College
55 Paul J. Manafort Drive
New Britain, CT 06053
Once your completed application materials have been received, you will be notified
as openings become available.
*You must have Adobe Reader or similar software to correctly view PDF files. A free
copy of Adobe Reader can be downloaded at www.adobe.com.)