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SPC Awarded Grant for Support College Preparation Programs

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education awarded $2.7 million in Intervention for College Attendance Program (ICAP) grants to 26 postsecondary institutions, professional organizations, and community-based organizations to support college access and outreach programs that focus on providing services to historically underserved and underrepresented college students.

Serving students in grades six through 12, ICAP intends to create a college and career pipeline for students who may not have adequate resources within their families and communities to prepare for college.

The competitive grant program awarded grantees up to $120,000 over the course of two years to fund projects and services including mentorship, academic counseling, career awareness and exploration, financial aid counseling, and other college support services.

Since 2000, ICAP was created by the Minnesota Legislature to support equity in educational outcomes for students of color, low-income students, first-generation students, and English as a Second Language learners in middle and high school. Many ICAP-funded projects incorporate culturally-specific pedagogies and activities into the curriculum, which aid in students’ positive identity formation while advancing toward college. Funded projects often utilize college students, mentors, and instructors that reflect the youth they serve in terms of race and ethnicity, age, and socio-economic status.

In addition to promoting college access and retention, ICAP grantees are known to strengthen communities in Minnesota, going beyond student support. The majority of ICAP-funded projects work with students’ families for the purpose of multi-generational learning, skill-building, and building a college-going family culture. This includes intentional parent outreach, financial literacy support, and parent education workshops that foster meaningful connections.

ICAP programs utilize a number of different techniques and overall approaches in order to best serve the students they work with. Student needs vary immensely throughout the state, and each project tailors their program to be a best fit for the communities they work with.

2023-25 ICAP Grantees Include:

  • Achieve Twin Cities - Minneapolis
  • American Indian OIC - Minneapolis
  • Augsburg University - Minneapolis
  • Banyan Community - Minneapolis
  • Bemidji State University - Bemidji
  • Breakthrough Twin Cities -Saint Paul
  • Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) - Saint Paul
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Twin Cities - Minneapolis
  • Dakota County Technical College - Rosemount
  • Faribault Public Schools - Faribault
  • Metro Youth Diversion Center - Saint Anthony
  • MIGIZI Communications - Minneapolis
  • Minnesota African Women’s Association (MAWA) - Brooklyn Center
  • Minnesota State University Mankato - Mankato
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead - Moorhead
  • New Century School - Saint Paul
  • Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) - Northfield
  • Relentless Academy - Brooklyn Center
  • Saint Paul College - Saint Paul
  • The Blake School - Minneapolis
  • Trustees of the Hamline University of Minnesota - Saint Paul
  • Urban League Twin Cities - Minneapolis
  • Wallin Education Partners - Saint Paul
  • White Earth Tribal and Community College - Mahnomen
  • Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) - Saint Paul
  • YMCA of the North - Minneapolis

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