New housing complex aims to help full-time parents, student
PADUCAH - Francis Seaton is determined to succeed. Not only for herself, but for her young daughters and husband - who couldn't return to his mechanic job after having back surgery.
"He couldn't pick up - do that kind of thing anymore," she said.
So they both went back to school at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. But a two hour commute back and forth every day from Fulton almost caught up with them financially.
"It would have been a gloomy outlook on things," Seaton said.
That's when Debbie Toon stepped in. She's the director of Paducah's Scholar House - a new housing program designed for parents - and students like the Seaton's.
"It puts them into close proximity to the campus, onsite daycare, nice housing they can be proud of," Toon said.
To be eligible, tenants must be parents taking 12 or more credits while maintaining a "C" average. Toon said it's the first such housing program in western Kentucky.
"This is giving them a chance to go onto school and make inroads into being their honest to goodness productive adult," Toon said.
For parents like Seaton - it's about second chances - and because of Toon, she said her family is getting one. "If we wouldn't have been able to move into scholar house, by now we probably had to quit school," she said.