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The American Association of Community Colleges and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy worked with six community colleges in a three-year demonstration program (2009-2012) to help improve student retention and success by addressing pregnancy planning, prevention, and healthy relationships. Unplanned pregnancy among young adults is at the root of a number of important public health and social challenges, including college dropout rates.

Each MIPCC grantee college redesigned course curricula to include peer-to-peer service learning components. Courses included biology, business management, college success, communication, counseling, education, English, English for speakers of other languages, ethics, health, philosophy, political science, psychology, reading, science, social work, sociology, speech, statistics, and women's history.

Using replicable course materials developed through the grant, service learning students built broader awareness and knowledge of pregnancy planning and family stability, and how these related to all students' personal and postsecondary education goals.

Image: cover of the report, Make It Personal: How Pregnancy Planning and Prevention Help Students Complete CollegeRead about the MIPCC colleges and their students' outcomes in the report, Make It Personal: How Pregnancy Planning and Prevention Help Students Complete College.

The MIPCC project was funded by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and managed by AACC. To get the personal perspectives, watch videos featuring community college students and faculty talking about how unplanned pregnancy can affect academic, career, and life goals.


AACC's MIPCC college faculty have created course templates in a variety of disciplines that are intended for adaptation and use by other community college faculty. Faculty teaching the courses found that students were more engaged in their learning and recognized the importance of pregnancy planning/prevention to complete their college goals.

The National Council on Student Development has produced a new online curriculum guide and seminar, Making Smart Decisions to Improve Success in College and Life. The seminar - which can be taught as a one-credit course or integrated into existing freshman seminar or orientation classes - emphasizes making healthy decisions about sexual behavior and increasing college success for community college students. The curriculum was developed with support from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Read Laura Sessions Stepp's article on the 2010 White House Summit on Community Colleges, featuring Mesa Community College MIPCC student Heather Thomas.

Young parent understands importance of completion, Community College Times, Sept. 4, 2012.

The MIPCC program was featured in the June 2012 Dean and Provost newsletter.

Read more about the colleges' work in the September 17, 2010, Community College Times.

Read about the MIPCC project in the March 12, 2012, Inside Higher Ed.

Read a June 2011 Community College Journal article by Mesa Community College MIPCC student Heather Thomas about her journey from teen mom to Phi Theta Kappa chapter officer (requires subscription and login).

Check out cool new resources for college students at the National Campaign's StudentSexLife and Bedsider websites.

MIPCC faculty and staff presented project outcomes and research at spring 2012 conferences sponsored by Achieving the Dream, AACC, and the Community College National Center for Community Engagement.

 Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Gail Schwartz
Senior Vice President for Innovative Learning and Student Success
Ph: 202.728.0200 x204  

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