PDCCC awarded a $1.25M ‘Upward Bound’ grant

Published 10:33 am Wednesday, May 23, 2012

FRANKLIN—Paul D. Camp Community College has received a $1.25 million grant for its Upward Bound program.

The college will receive $250,000 annually for five years from the Department of Education.

“Funding for this Upward Bound Program will continue to open doors of academic opportunity for high school students who might never consider college if these services were not provided,” said PDCCC President Dr. Paul Wm. Conco. “Upward Bound helps communities prepare the next generation of the workforce so that employers will have more qualified applicants applying for job openings.”

The program provides opportunities for high school students from low-income families, in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree, to prepare for college.

PDCCC will serve a minimum of 50 students per year, targeting Franklin, Southampton and Lakeland high schools. Students selected will receive weekly instruction and tutoring, advising, school break and weekend skills-building activities and a summer enrichment program.