Women in Transition Program (WIT)

Group of Women in Transition (WIT) graduates

Moving Women to Self-Sufficiency

The Women in Transition Program was established in 1999 by the former 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 via the Charter Oak State College Foundation.


NOTE: The WIT program is currently full. Openings are anticipated in Spring 2024.  Interested applicant may ask to be placed on a waitlist by emailing Wanda Warshauer at wwarshauer@charteroak.edu

Program Qualifications

Applicants must fulfill all of the following qualifications:

  • Be a Connecticut state resident
  • 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 - as determined by Federal Poverty and State Median Income Guidelines (will be determined once application received).
  • Be willing to take at least two or three courses per semester

Program Offerings

  • Online college courses
  • Loan of a laptop computer
  • Internet service reimbursement
  • No charge for books for Charter Oak State College courses
  • Reimbursement of book costs for courses taken at other institutions
  • Academic, career, and personal counseling
  • Personal and professional development workshops

For more information contact: Wanda Warshauer, Director of Academic Services at wwarshauer@charteroak.edu