Q&A Announces Partnership with West Virginia Local College
Students joining the Q&A Family of Programs have the opportunity to enroll in college and take online courses with Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College. This provides the Q&A clients opportunities to continue academic pursuits while also receiving supports in life skills and personal growth development. Through partnerships with community-based mental health providers, the clients of Q&A can benefit from the ongoing therapeutic and medication management supports. The college provides 24-hour academic support and coaching, which is enhanced by on-site staff at Q&A. This wrap-around approach provides clients the opportunities to gain confidence while continuing their post-secondary education and developing skills needed to manage their lives and become independent.
Many young adults are either returning to college or beginning their freshman college experience amid a Covid-19 reality, which is not what they or their parents have expected or prepared for. Normally, transitioning to college is exciting, but also a stressful time. Many young adults are experiencing increased levels of depression and anxiety as they try to navigate the many combinations of campus living, staying at home, online virtual learning, and classes in person. Providing alternative learning environments with mental health support is critical to the ongoing success of the young adult population.
Gaining skills and confidence to perform as an online learner is critical in the Covid-19 normal. Because many young adults struggle with balancing screen time and online presence, this has become a major challenge. At Q&A, life coaches and mentors provide direct teaching, support, and accountability as the young adults practice finding and maintaining better self-regulation and balance with online activities, including virtual learning, research, and social media presence.
“With academic and technical offerings from required core classes to business management, vet tech, or even windmill technology, students are able to pursue their interests, prepare for transferring to a university in the future, or explore career areas in a supportive environment,” said Keith Bishop, Chief Operating Officer. “We are grateful for this partnership with Eastern WV Technical and Community College,” continued Bishop, “and we are excited to see how our talented young adults can excel with these opportunities.”
About Q&A Family of Programs
Q&A Family of Programs works with young adults ages 18 and up, providing opportunities for each of them to develop independent, functional, and happy lives with a high level of quality. Our clients have struggled to reach independence for a variety of reasons such as the inability to develop and/or implement the life skills needed to be successful, or struggling to obtain consistent employment. Our goal is to help these individuals find meaning and an authentic purpose for their lives and a practical path to achieve their goals.