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$864K grant to help Doña Ana Community College support parents trying to graduate

LAS CRUCES – Doña Ana Community College announced an $864,853 grant would create support programs at two learning centers to help students who are parents and earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

The four-year “Graduation for All” program, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will fund service centers at the Gadsden and Sunland Park learning centers that will host support programs aiming to boost completion of credit and non-credit programs, keep students in school, and impart workplace skills.

In a statement, DACC President Dr. Renay Scott said, “The grant will help us reach many people who otherwise would not have pursued higher education to improve their quality of life.

The college said the program will help address low educational attainment that exacerbates high unemployment and poverty in the region. The project seeks to increase completion of education by adult students seeking high school equivalency and transitioning to college for degrees or certifications.

“DACC seeks to create a culture of higher education in Southern Doña Ana County that addresses the whole student,” Scott said. “We will focus on education, but also provide instruction and assistance in financial, career and wellness needs that will benefit families.”

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