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Higher Education Reaches Out

Alice Lloyd Helps Students, Residents Find Employment

PIPPA PASSES, Ky.,–Alice Lloyd College and the Kentucky Department for Employment Services are helping students and state residents find jobs, write resumes, and obtain information on labor markets, career options, education and training programs as part of the “One Stop Program.” The free service is offered at more than 20 locations in the state.

Partnership Formed to Improve Higher-Education Options for Hispanic Students in California

Several California colleges, schools, and community organizations are participating in a partnership funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to improve higher-education opportunities for Hispanic youth.

Partners include the University of California Santa Barbara, which includes Ventura College; Oxnard College; Santa Barbara City College; Ventura County Superintendent of Schools (School to Career Network); Santa Barbara School Districts; Goleta Union Elementary District; Fillmore Unified; Santa Paula Elementary and Union High School District; the Oxnard Elementary and Union High School District; El Concilio de Ventura; Boys and Girls Club of Goletal; Isla vista Teen Center; Latinos for Better Government; Santa Barbara YMCA; and Zona Seca.

The partners will start their efforts with students in the sixth grade and their parents. The partners will ensure that students enroll in the correct classes, and are informed about career opportunities and financial aid. When the students enter community college, they will receive support to help them gain acceptance to UCSB.

Bridging The Gap of The Digital Divide

FAIRFIELD, Conn.,–Judith Primavera, associate professor of psychology at Fairfield University, initiated a collaborative partnership between Fairfield University and Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD) seven years ago, which led to establishment of the Adrienne Kirby Family Literacy Project. Fairfield University students participating in the project work as “literacy tutors” with inner-city children and parents to promote reading skills.

With a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, funding from SNET, and continued support from Fairfield University, ABCD, and the F.M. Kirby Foundation, these youngsters now have access to computers. Primavera also plans to provide training for parents.

Partnership Encourages Hispanic Students to Pursue Degrees

HOUGHTON, Mich.,–Michigan Tech’s Educational Opportunity Department, partnered with Northwestern Michigan College and Delta College, has been awarded nearly $70,000 to establish a Michigan College/University Partnership Program. The funds will be used to encourage Hispanic/ Latino and other underrepresented community college students to develop their academic potential by pursuing a bachelor’s degree at MTU.

The MICUP program monitors and tracks academic success of interested students, and offers counseling and advising that will encourage them to transfer to the university after completing an associate’s degree.

MICUP Program Coordinators at Northwestern Michigan College and Delta College will work closely with Michigan Tech Hispanic/Latino Outreach Coordinator, Madeline Mercado Voelker, to implement and institutionalize plans for the recruitment and retention of Hispanic/Latino students.

“Although this grant applies to any underrepresented student who wants to pursue a bachelor’s degree, it is focused on the Hispanic/Latino students,” Mercado Voelker said.

Texas A & M Offers National Youth Sports Program

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas–Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi was awarded a federal grant to start a National Youth Sports Program for 300 at-risk children, ages 10 to 16, in the Corpus Christi Bay area. Instruction will include sports skills, alcohol and drug prevention, higher-education and career opportunities, and nutrition and personal health.

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