University College at Fairfield University presents free seminar for "Comeback Moms" looking to reenter the workforce

University College at Fairfield University presents free seminar for "Comeback Moms" looking to reenter the workforce

Are you a mother who would like to reenter the workplace, but are intimidated or unsure of how to go about it? University College at Fairfield University aims to guide you in achieving your personal best as a mother, entrepreneur or employee.

The College will offer a seminar entitled, "Comeback Moms" on Thursday, March 29, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Barone Campus Center on Fairfield University's campus. The discussion is free and will be led by Edna Farace Wilson, Ed.D., dean of University College. Please call (203) 254-4110 to reserve a seat.

Dr. Wilson said the seminar will explore avenues to re-connect and to find the next career after motherhood. "Essentially what we are seeing in a new kind of woman in transition, one different from the women who returned to college or the workforce in the 1970's.  Today's women may already have college degrees and have experienced career success.  They chose to stop for motherhood. What is similar to the women in the 70's is the need for networking and planning."

Many of the participants at University College's past Open House events were moms considering a transition back into the workforce, Dr. Wilson said, so the College now offers this seminar directed at that population.

University College at Fairfield University is the gateway for individuals seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional certificate programs, study abroad and personal enrichment opportunities. With an emphasis on quality, convenience and flexibility, University College offers a wide variety of evening, day, online and weekend programs taught by distinguished faculty.

At the heart of University College is a commitment to lifelong learning, a value highly prized in Jesuit education, and rooted in the Jesuit tradition of 'cura personalis,' Latin for 'care for the person.'

Courses are designed to meet the needs of lifetime learners, so they are offered at an array of times and of varying lengths. UC also provides students the opportunity to customize their educational curriculum, and works closely with students to help them balance their lives with school.

Many "comeback moms" have had great success through University College's certificate programs in Interior Design, Financial Planning, Real Estate and other fields. Oftentimes, women can set up their own businesses in these fields, while maintaining the flexibility they desire as mothers. "We show women how they can be entrepreneurial during that part of their lives," Dr. Wilson said. "There are ways in which comeback moms can fulfill multiple roles."

Individuals can complete or start a bachelor's degree; pursue professional development or certification; seek intellectual or cultural enrichment; or take an undergraduate or prerequisite course.

University College offers an enriching personal and powerful educational experience that is backed by the resources and reputation of a highly ranked and respected Jesuit university. For program information e-mail or visit

Posted On: 03-17-2007 10:03 AM

Volume: 39 Number: 180