The New Opportunity School for Women kick-starts its 13th year

March 17, 2017

The New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College is accepting applications for the program’s free annual summer session.

The program’s mission is to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income women–who live in or come from the Southern Appalachian region. 

This summer will be the 13th year of the residential program at Lees-McRae. This year’s session will begin Sunday, June 11 and end with a graduation celebration on Saturday, July 1.

The three-week residential program comes at no cost to the participants and assistance with travel and child costs is available. Participants explore career and educational opportunities while also developing personally. Applicants should have or be working toward a GED or high school diploma, be of low-income and have an interest in a new career and/or higher education.

Founded in 1987 at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, the New Opportunity School for Women opened an expansion site at Lees-McRae in 2005.

For more information and to request an application, contact Program Director Jennie Harpold at 828.898.8905 or at To learn more about the program or download an application, please visit

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