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    Women and Children Succeeding is a college support program for low-income parents with children. Our goal is to transition the families we serve toward an independent, self-sufficient, and successful life.

    To eliminate the barriers of completing school, we provide:

    • intensive case management
    • supportive services
    • financial assistance
    • leadership development

Meet Our Team

 

Kristi King-Brock — WACS Executive Director

I founded the WACS program in 1993.

My favorite thing about working with this program over the past 23 years is being able to watch the transformation that takes place as these women find their voice and develop their confidence.

A random fact about me that many people may not know is that I am adopted.

Marla Cobb — WACS Program Manager

I come to AIM with 15 years of experience in public education. I have taught in multiple capacities both inside and outside of the classroom. My experience working to increase graduation rates and to support college readiness has equipped me with the skills need to help the participants in the WACS program.

In my spare time I enjoy reading and watching my daughters participate in sports and their various activities.

I am thrilled to be at AIM and to support the educational mission of the WACS program!

 

History

Women and Children Succeeding was founded in 1993 through Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) in Anderson, S.C. The program began as leaders in the area witnessed the barriers parents’ faced when returning to school — due to a lack of childcare and support in a state that ranks 10th for women in poverty. The leaders at AIM founded the program to provide access to quality childcare and to equip families with the tools they need to complete their education.

Over its nearly 20-year history, Women and Children Succeeding has impacted over 230 families. A study in 2012 by Dr. David Hughes of Clemson University showed that, over the next 30 years, 142 graduates will create a $64.2 million impact on our community.

Today, Women and Children Succeeding continues to be based in Anderson, S.C., with a second location in Greenville, S.C. through a partnership with Phoenix Center’s Serenity Place.