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Women's Fund graduates seven students

The Women's Fund of the Fox Valley Region graduated seven of its program's first students and their children at Fox Valley Technical College, December 6, 2017. (WLUK)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- The Women's Fund of the Fox Valley Region graduated seven of its program's first students and their children Wednesday.

The organization teamed up with Fox Valley Technical College and B.A.B.E.S. Child Abuse Prevention to create Starting Point 2.0.

The program educates low-income mothers and their pre-school age children.

The mothers learn life and family strengthening skills as well as how to prepare for college and career success.

Officials say that by teaching women the life skills, the children are shown to do the same when they grow up.

"There are many studies that indicate that when children are watching their parents, they really mimic what they're doing. So by creating a success story with the women, we are planting that into the next generation," said economic advocate at FVTC, Kelly Kohl.

Since 1994, the Women's Fund has awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to programs such as Starting Point 2.0.

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