West VirginiaUniversitys Center for Womens Studies and Council for Womens Concerns are hosting”Moms Turn to Learn Day”at the Morgantown Mall from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, March 24.

The day will provide an opportunity for women interested in beginning or continuing their educations beyond high school to meet with representatives from WVU s Office of Admissions and Records, Office of Financial Aid, Regents Bachelor of Arts Program (for non-traditional students), Office of International Students and Scholars, and other University offices and programs.

The Monongalia Technical Education Center, West Virginia Junior College, the Womens Business Institute of West Virginia and the OpportunitiesIndustrializationCenter from Fairmont will also have information tables and representatives available to meet with potential students.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for women interested in continuing their educations to stop by the tables at the mall to gather information and talk to people who can help them in the process of starting or returning to school,”said Barbara Howe, director of the Center for Womens Studies.

“We realize that a large institution like WVU can be overwhelming to people who are not familiar with the college application and financial aid processes,”Howe said.”They also may not know what options are available to them, such as the Regents BA Program, which has an option to earn credit for some volunteer, life and work experiences. We are also grateful to the staff of the Morgantown Mall for their assistance in this effort.”

According to”The Status of Women in West Virginia,”a recent report by the Institute for Womens Policy Research, West Virginia women rank 47th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the percentage of women in managerial and professional occupations.

That same report noted that, in 1990, West Virginia women ranked last in the nation in terms of the percentage of women with four or more years of college.

“The state cannot increase the percentage of women in managerial and professional positions without increasing the percentage of women with college degrees,”Howe said.

“This event is a great way to get women acquainted with our program,”said Ann Paterson, director of the Regents Bachelor of Arts program.”The Regents BA Program allows women to set their own goals at their own pace, earn an education and become alumnae.”

The program is flexible and lets students decide what they want to do, Paterson added.

“Despite this flexibility, the degree is well respected, and our students have gone on to law school, medical school and upwardly mobile careers. Our motto is that it is never too late to learn and earn.”

The WVUCenter for Womens Studies, a unit in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, supports non-traditional students through scholarships such as the Carrie Koeturius Scholarship for Returning Women Students.

The Female Equality Movement and the West Virginia Womens Studies Network are co-sponsors, and the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce has provided financial support for this free event. The Coalition for West Virginia Women has also supported this project. The public is encouraged to attend, and pre-registration is not required.

For more information, contact Marlene Robinson, program specialist, WVUCenter for Womens Studies, at anna.robinson@mail.wvu.edu or call 304-293-2339, ext. 1153, or visit the centers Web site atwww.as.wvu.edu/wmst.