El Camino College Selected to Join Program that Supports Parenting Students

June 26, 2024 Torrance, CA

El Camino College was recently included in the latest cohort of higher education institutions to participate in FamilyU. This comprehensive assistance program is led by Generation Hope, an organization dedicated to ensuring all student parents have opportunities to succeed and experience economic mobility. 

Research shows that one in five undergraduate college students today is a parent, and yet they're 10 times less likely to graduate. FamilyU works to change these statistics by partnering with colleges and universities nationwide to increase the number of parenting college students who enroll and graduate. El Camino is one of five institutions across the country and one of only two in California to join this impactful, two-year program for 2024.

“FamilyU is a great addition to the many student resources we already have in place at El Camino,” said El Camino College Superintendent/President Brenda Thames. “With FamilyU’s successful track record, we are confident that this partnership will help us create a more family-inclusive college that promotes equity while removing barriers for parenting students so they can complete their coursework and earn a degree or certificate.”

Generation Hope’s FamilyU technical assistance program focuses on four areas – Policy, Data, People and Culture – and provides customized support that responds to the needs of each campus community. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit offers a comprehensive, customized, evidence-based experience that guides parenting students through two years of mentoring and support on many levels.

For more information about opportunities and support through FamilyU, contact Dr. Jeff Stephenson, Vice President of Student Services at El Camino College, at