Hello All!

I am Grace McKenzie, Associate Director of Family Partnership. I am a Berea alum and a first-generation college student. My work focuses on programs that helps you access resources that are available in our counties, particularly financial and educational resources. Some of our financial programing includes Financial Literacy Families and Schools Together (F.A.S.T.) programs, Financial Empowerment Conferences, and expanding Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (V.I.T.A.) in our service region. VITA sites allow families who make less than $52,000 to get their taxes done for free by trained volunteers. We know that helping keep money in your pocket is important for your family’s needs and we want to find ways to help you do this. Our Financial Literacy FAST programs and our Family Empowerment Conferences are tied to stipends because we understand that it costs you, in gas money and time, to attend and we hope to offset those financial burdens when it is possible. We also know that finances and education are inseparably linked and we hope our students and their parents will see college as a financial possibility. We look forward to working together with each and every one of our students and families!


Greetings from the Berea College Partners for Education office of Family Partnership. I am L. Rochelle Garrett, the director of the Family Partnership programs. We are so excited to have this chance to share information here about our family focused programs that you can expect to take place in your community. Some of you may already know about our programs, like Families and Schools Together (also known as F.A.S.T.), Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL), and our family information and empowerment workshops where you can earn stipends for your participation. We will also have Grace McKenzie introduce herself, as our Associate Director, and share some information about our community tax preparation sites.

Parents, Grandparents, Guardians, Foster families, Relatives raising relatives, everyone that is Family to the child in our cohort are invited to participate in our programs! You can learn more about them by contacting the family Engagement Specialists in your child’s school.

Keep watching this page for more updates, and programs as they launch. Feel free to submit questions or explore the resources we have listed on our page. Welcome to Family Partnership! We are glad to be on your team!!!