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Hermiston High School awarded $51,500 grant to increase college attendance

Contact: Di Saunders, OUS – Office: 503-725-5714; Cell: 971-219-6869
Source: Stephanie Carnahan, CACGP Program Director – Office: 541-346-5761; Cell: 541-359-6755

Portland, OR, October 18, 2010 – The State of Oregon announced last week that it has awarded a $51,500 grant to Hermiston High School’s Laying the Foundation for Post-Secondary Success project to help increase college enrollment and completion of its students. Funded through a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education received by Oregon in August, Hermiston High School’s award is part of the College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP) which awarded grants to 12 pre-college preparation programs across the state for a total of $607,000 in support.

Hermiston High School’s Laying the Foundation for Post-Secondary Success project will be implemented throughout the Hermiston School District, with the goal of creating a college-going and college-staying culture for underserved student populations. To achieve this goal the project will increase college visits, as well as practical knowledge of scholarships and parent involvement. In addition, the project will also include parent information nights at each grade level, service based learning and college visits starting in middle school, and will culminate in essay writing skills for increased scholarship performance at the high school level.

“Because of this grant we will be able to take the much needed college visits to trade schools, universities and community colleges, as well as increase access to the Eastern Oregon University Summer Institute where our students will earn college credit,” said Liz Marvin, Project College Bound coordinator for the Hermiston School District. “It is because of the strong foundation that was laid by the Gear Up Grant that we have the opportunity to expand our work with students, for this we are thankful.”

Hermiston High School will partner with Eastern Oregon University to deliver the programming to students. Besides the $51,500 provided by the grant, Hermiston High School will be providing an additional $39,626 in matching funds to run the program.

Stephanie Carnahan, director of college access programs for the Oregon University System, said, “There is a great need in Oregon for pre-college programs that help students and families understand how to access college in a comprehensive way, from academic preparation to understanding how financial aid works. Laying the Foundation for Post-Secondary Success is a great example of the type of support that all Oregon students need in order to ensure that they can access college and be academically and otherwise prepared to succeed in their education and career goals.”
The College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP) is a formula grant program that is designed to foster partnerships among Federal, State and local government entities and philanthropic organizations to significantly increase the number of underrepresented students who enter and remain in postsecondary education. CACGP provides two-year grants to States to meet the needs of underrepresented students and families. In Oregon, all education sectors and the Governor’s Office are involved in the CACGP, and the Oregon University System is the fiscal agent for the grant.

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