A Safe Place to Land
Tabitha Whissemore, Community College Daily
It started with a news story. A young woman from Billings, Montana, had aged out of the foster system and received a car by a local Chevy dealership. During the interview, she talked about her dreams of going to college.
Rich Rowe was watching the news when the segment aired. Rowe and his wife had been foster parents. He knew firsthand the barriers young people in foster care face. As a trustee at Dawson Community College (DCC), he also saw an opportunity to help.
Help ultimately came in the form of the Dawson Promise. The new program aims to provide a debt-free college education and support services to unaccompanied youths who are homeless or aging out of foster care.