By Anna-Marie Menhenott
ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- Parents who struggle with helping his or her child with homework such as algebra and geometry, or find difficulty in encouraging healthy study habits now have a resource to help them combat such issues.
Parent Academy, a free resource for St. Lucie County parents, has a full schedule of informative workshops and seminars to empower parents.
"Our mission is to support parents while they support their children in school and in life," said Nancy Brown, executive director of Parent Academy. "We offer many different workshops and seminars to better inform parents such as a workshop on the Affordable Care Act, college preparation, GED help for parents and ways for parents to help their student focus and study.
Parent Academy also has a series of workshops to help parents and their high school students prepare for college. The series begins with how to prepare for the ACT and SAT tests. College admission offices use the scores from these tests. Florida Atlantic University and Indian River State College also are scheduled to give parents and their high-schoolers detailed information on the college admission process, timelines, scholarships, financial aid and more.
"We offer free English for Speakers of Other Languages classes to those parents who are attempting to get their GED from Indian River State College," Ms. Brown said. "It can be difficult for those who don't speak English fluently to attain their GED, so it's our goal to help them attain that. We help prepare them to go to IRSC and take the test."
In partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Parent Academy is also offering a variety of dates and times where parents can learn about the school district's Destination Reading and Math Programs. Parents will learn how to login from home so that their child can practice skills learned in school.
"We want the parent to be as involved as possible with their child's education," Ms. Brown said. "An informed parent can help their child succeed at school and in areas outside of school.
Other workshops scheduled include a series on healthy living; bullying; homework help and citizenship classes.
Parents can call Parent Academy at (772) 466-0523 to learn more and to register for workshops. Information and registration is also available on their website at www.parentacademyslc.org.