MCCC awarded nearly $4 million to help at-risk high school students

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MONROE, Mich.--Nearly $4 million in federal grant money has been awarded to Monroe County Community College to help area high school students smoothly transition into college.

Dr. Anthony Quinn, director of Upward Bound at MCCC, says the money will be divided up among three area high schools.

The grant will renew funding for Upward Bound programs at Airport High School and Monroe High School.

It will further help to establish a brand new Upward Bound program at Jefferson High School.

“This is nearly $4 million flowing through MCCC into the local economy, but more importantly, impacting almost 200 students, their families, entire schools and communities,” said MCCC President Dr. Kojo A. Quartey

The U.S. Department of Education established the Upward Bound program back in 1965 to give high school students from low-income families an extra boost when it comes to furthering their education.

The program provides extra tools and training for at-risk students who are interested in getting a secondary education after high school.

The three grants total $3,869,873 and are effective through Aug. 31, 2022.