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Le Moyne College Awarded $50,000 College Access Challenge Grant

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at Le Moyne College has been awarded a $50,000 College Access Challenge Grant (CACGP).

In announcing the grant, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “Our state’s economy will grow as more students graduate from college and fill the high tech jobs that are being created across New York. The CACG funds we are awarding to local, boots-on-the-ground organizations will help historically underrepresented students learn how they can go to college, earn a degree and fill those good-paying jobs for which they may never have qualified without an education beyond high school.”

The grant is funded through the $7 million received in January 2012 from the U.S. Department of Education. CACG funds are administered by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), the state’s student financial aid agency that helps people pay for college.

By means of this grant, Le Moyne College CSTEP Program and the Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) are partnering in an initiative which provides targeted support services to a group of 100 underrepresented and economically disadvantaged non-traditional adult students who have the goal of entering postsecondary education. This partnership is a four phase- program which offers (1) a college success course focusing on study skills and learning styles, (2) a series of engagement programming activities that provide college exposure, (3) a blended experience of classroom instruction that allows students to attend courses both at Le Moyne and at the EOC, and (4) financial literacy workshops and FAFSA assistance.

Students who successfully complete these courses can potentially receive course exemptions when they enroll in postsecondary education. Students also benefit from academic skill evaluation, intervention, and follow-up services; a group support network; linkages to local partners and/or pathway programs; and ongoing mentoring activities. All components of the program are designed to increase the college readiness levels of the students while providing them with postsecondary enrollment assistance.

About CSTEP at Le Moyne: CSTEP is a national award-winning program sponsored by Le Moyne College and the New York State Department of Education. It is an enrichment program designed to foster students’ academic success as they prepare for professional licensure or careers in the scientific, technical or health-related fields. The program provides a broad range of services including tutoring, academic counseling, skills development, enrichment activities, internship and research opportunities, graduate school/career preparation, specialized workshops, and field trips.

About the Syracuse EOC: The Syracuse EOCs are a system of educational enterprises that serve eligible adult learners. As a part of this system, the Syracuse EOC delivers comprehensive, community-based academic and workforce development programs and provides support services that lead to enhanced employment opportunities, access to further education, and personal growth and development. These goals are accomplished through relevant courses of instruction, counseling, employment and educational placement, and through programs of community service.

About HESC: HESC is New York State’s student financial aid agency that helps people pay for college and a national leader in providing need-based grant and scholarship award money to college-going students. At HESC’s core are programs like the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), numerous state scholarships, federal college access grants and a highly successful College Savings program. HESC puts college within the reach of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers each year through programs like these and through the guidance it provides to students, families and counselors. In 2010-11, HESC helped more than 413,000 students achieve their college dreams by providing $991 million in grants, scholarships and federal student loan guarantees, including $855 million awarded through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

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posted on: 7/27/2012