Community College of Vermont will continue its efforts to reach out to high school students and veterans after receiving a grant from the McClure Foundation.
Since 2008, the McClure Foundation has awarded more than $2.1 million in grants to 21 organizations, with the goal of improving access to post-secondary education for all Vermonters.
“Our foundation strategy starts with a family tradition of giving back to the community by collaborating with on-the-ground professionals already helping others to succeed,” said Barbara Benedict, vice president of the McClure Foundation.
“We continue to be guided by a long-term vision of what we wish to pass on to future generations of Vermonters, which is a vibrant, inclusive world-class economy that supports optimal quality of life in Vermont,” she said.
The foundation recently awarded $400,000 to several organizations, with the lion’s share of the money going to CCV. The foundation also awarded grants ranging from $15,000 to $40,000 to Spectrum Youth and Family Services, the Tutorial Center, Franklin County Supervisory Union and the Vermont Journalism Trust.
The grant could not have been timelier, coming on the heels of the state’s Flexible Pathways Program, which gives vouchers to high school students so they can take college classes at participating institutions such as CCV.
In the past, a high school student would receive one voucher to take a college course during senior year. They were also required to take a class called “Introduction to College Studies,” which covered everything from study skills to applying for financial aid. With the expanded state program, a high school student can take two college classes, during junior and senior years.
More information about the Flexible Pathways Program is available at www.vtdualenrollment.org.
“With this grant, we will be able to offer more sections of ‘Introduction to College Studies,’” said CCV President Joyce Judy.
High school students will now be able to take that class as sophomores and thus be more likely to take the subsequent college classes.
According to CCV, 71 percent of students who take the course go on to college after graduation, compared to the state average of 45 percent.
The grant will also benefit veterans by continuing the sponsorship of a full-time coordinator who helps veterans to access their educational benefits.
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