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Saint Paul College Awarded Great Lakes Grant

Saint Paul College has been awarded $125,000 to increase college readiness for tenth-grade students from Saint Paul, through a grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. The grant funds will assist 40-50 students from Community of Peace Academy, Hmong College Prep Academy, and Humboldt High School.

"College Ready grants give Great Lakes the opportunity to partner with organizations actively preparing more students to enroll and succeed in college–level courses," said Richard D. George, Great Lakes' President and Chief Executive Officer. "The time, attention, tutoring, and skill-building activities that these programs provide, through qualified educators and trained tutors, give students expanded options for college, and increased opportunities for lifelong success."

The goal of Saint Paul College’s program is to provide underperforming and underserved students an intensive year-long program to enhance their skills in math, reading and “college knowledge.”  The program will focus on students that score in the 35th-55th percentile in reading and math on the Measures of Academic Performance (MAP) test.

When students from traditionally underserved backgrounds get specialized academic help on their path to college, studies show they are more likely to succeed once they get there. To support programs that provide this help, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation awarded more than $4 million in College Ready grants to 34 recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year.