SOURCE: Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

February 20, 2012 08:30 ET

26 Wisconsin Programs Receive Great Lakes Grants to Prepare Disadvantaged Students for College

Nearly 4,500 Students Will See Increased Academic Support

MADISON, WI--(Marketwire - Feb 20, 2012) - Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation (Great Lakes) today awarded grants to 26 Wisconsin programs that share its commitment to helping disadvantaged students increase academic preparedness for postsecondary education. The grants, totaling $3.1 million, are awarded through Great Lakes' new Community Investments program.

Programs funded through Great Lakes 2012 Academic Preparedness Grants demonstrate a focus on measurable outcomes in support of their approaches to helping disadvantaged students start and complete a degree, certificate, or credential beyond high school. Grants have been awarded in two areas:

Wisconsin Educational Growth Grants
A growing number of disadvantaged students throughout Wisconsin are entering higher education without the academic skills they need to succeed and complete their degree. Increasing numbers of these students need remedial course work to prepare for college level study, which leads to higher debt burden and drop-out rates. Academic enrichment in elementary, middle, and high school can reduce the need for remediation and increase postsecondary success. Through its Wisconsin Educational Growth Grants, Great Lakes is providing $2.3 million to 17 programs helping first through twelfth grade students and adult learners enter higher education more academically prepared, so they are more likely to graduate. A list of grant recipients follows.

Wisconsin Summer Learning Grants
Research indicates that when students are not engaged in learning over the summer, they lose math and reading skills. Further, students from low-income families are affected at a higher rate than their peers, and losses are cumulative throughout elementary, middle, and high school. The loss of skills during summer impacts not only a student's success from one grade to another, but also their likelihood of high school graduation and success in college. The nine programs, receiving a total of more than $768,000 from Great Lakes' Wisconsin Summer Learning Grants, provide much needed academic support to third through twelfth grade students and adult learners during the summer months. A list of grant recipients follows.

"We are pleased to fund these 26 Wisconsin programs that show great promise in closing the education gap for the nearly 4,500 students they will serve," said Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates. "Great Lakes is committed to working with programs that share our commitment to measurable results that can provide a blueprint for what works to increase educational success for a more economically competitive Wisconsin."

Following is a complete list of Great Lakes 2012 Academic Preparedness Grants.

Great Lakes 2012 Academic Preparedness Grants

Wisconsin Educational Growth Recipients

Blackhawk Technical College
Preparing for Postsecondary Success, Janesville

Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
AVID/TOPS, Madison

Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
College Club, Madison

Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
Verona College Club, Verona

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee
ACT Prep Workshops, Milwaukee

Chippewa Valley Technical College
Collaboration for Achieving Postsecondary Success, Eau Claire

College Possible
Milwaukee High School Program, Milwaukee

Edgewood College
Committed to College, Madison

Mid-State Technical College
Pre-Program Preparation Project, Wisconsin Rapids

Operation Fresh Start
Middle College Program, Madison

Pathways to College
Pathways Pre-College Component, Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin Foundation
PEOPLE Program, Madison

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Phuture Phoenix, Green Bay

University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Stepping Stones, Kenosha

University of Wisconsin-Superior
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness in Superior, Superior

University of Wisconsin-Waukesha
ACT Preparation, Waukesha

Urban League of Greater Madison
College Readiness Academy, Madison

Wisconsin Summer Learning Recipients

Carroll University
CEO Carroll Connection, Waukesha

Forward Service Corporation
Upward Bound Summer Residential Program, Wausau, Green Bay, and Menomonee

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Academic Preparedness Program, Hayward

Marquette University
Milwaukee Summer Reading Project, Milwaukee

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation, Inc.
Fostering Futuremakers Summer Camp 2012, Green Bay

UWM Foundation, Inc.
UWM Gear Up Focus Summer Academy, Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Platteville
SUCCEED Summer Learning Program, Platteville

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Summer Enrichment for Academic Excellence, Whitewater

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Summer Learning Program, Shell Lake

Full program descriptions and additional information on Great Lakes Community Investments can be found at MyGreatLakes.org/Community.

About Great Lakes
Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates works with schools, lenders, and community organizations to change lives for the better through higher education. Great Lakes supports these partners with financial, educational, and operational resources that help students and families pay for college and build brighter futures. As a leading guarantor and servicer of student loans for over forty years, Great Lakes serves
the U.S. Department of Education and over 6,000 schools and 1,100 lenders across the nation. One of the nation's largest integrated providers of student loan services, Great Lakes services more than $95 billion in student loans for over 8 million borrower accounts and holds guarantees on approximately $41 billion in FFELP loans. Great Lakes member corporations serve as the designated guarantor for Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands under the Higher Education Act. Great Lakes is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, with operating centers in Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. For additional information, visit mygreatlakes.org.

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