SOURCE: Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

May 22, 2013 08:00 ET

Thirty Four Student-Centered Programs Awarded Great Lakes College Ready Grants

More Than $4 Million Committed to Help Students Arrive at College Prepared to Succeed

MADISON, WI--(Marketwired - May 22, 2013) - When students from traditionally underserved backgrounds get specialized academic help on their path to college, studies show they are more likely to succeed once they get there. To support programs that provide this help, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation today awarded more than $4 million in College Ready grants. These 34 recipient programs will provide services to students across Minnesota and Wisconsin during the 2013-2014 academic year.

"College Ready grants give Great Lakes the opportunity to partner with organizations actively preparing more students to enroll and succeed in college-level courses," said Richard D. George, Great Lakes' President and Chief Executive Officer. "The time, attention, tutoring, and skill-building activities that these programs provide, through qualified educators and trained tutors, give students expanded options for college, and increased opportunities for lifelong success."

Nearly 4,000 students, including those in grades 6 through 12 and adult learners, will be served by programs that received College Ready grants. Each program has developed strategies to prepare their students for college by helping them to improve their academic performance, as measured through grade point averages (GPAs) or ACT and SAT scores. Strategies include a mix of short-term, focused programming as well as year-round support. Regardless of the strategy employed, each program has committed to tracking the impact of their efforts on preparing students for college success.

Following is a complete list of College Ready grant partners.

Alverno College
Milwaukee, Wis.
Girls Advanced Academy in Science and Mathematics

Beloit College
Beloit, Wis.
ACT Ready

Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
Madison, Wis.
College Club

Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
Madison, Wis.
Teens of Promise (TOPS)

Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
Madison, Wis.
Verona High School College Club

Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc.
Monticello, Minn.
Academic Improvement Matters (AIM)

Chippewa Valley Technical College
Eau Claire, Wis.
Collaboration for Achieving Postsecondary Success (CAPS)

College of Saint Benedict
St. Joseph, Minn.
Upward Bound

College Possible Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wis.
Academic Readiness & College Preparation

College Possible Twin Cities
St. Paul, Minn.

Community Action Center of Northfield
Northfield, Minn.
Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH)

Edgewood College
Madison, Wis.
Committed to College

Edgewood College
Madison, Wis.
LEAP 2 College

Forward Service Corporation
Madison, Wis.
Upward Bound Summer College Preparation Course and Academic Year Tutoring

Hibbing Community College
Hibbing, Minn.
Climb Upward Bound

Mid-State Technical College
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Pre-College Project

Neighborhood House
St. Paul, Minn.
Adult College Readiness Classes

Normandale Community College
Bloomington, Minn.
Normandale Upward Bound

Pathways to College, Inc.
Milwaukee, Wis.
Pathways Precollege

Regents of the University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minn.
The ACT/SAT Review Program

Saint Paul College
St. Paul, Minn.
Below the Midpoint

South Central College
North Mankato, Minn.
Precollege Bridge Program

St. Norbert College
De Pere, Wis.
Start Right

University of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minn.

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Eau Claire, Wis.
Blugold Beginnings Precollege Youth Mentoring Program

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison, Wis.
UW Odyssey Project

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wis.
Upward Bound

University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, Wis.
Early Bridge Future Educator Learning Community

University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, Wis.
TEACH Precollege

University of Wisconsin - Superior
Superior, Wis.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness in Superior (GEARS)

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Whitewater, Wis.
Academic Excellence

Urban League of Greater Madison
Madison, Wis.
Urban League Scholars Academy

Vera Court Neighborhood Center
Madison, Wis.

YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
Minneapolis, Minn.
YMCA Beacons School Success

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About Great Lakes and Community Investments
Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates helps millions of students pay for college and repay their student loans. Through Community Investments, Great Lakes leads initiatives and funds programs that help students from traditionally underserved backgrounds start and complete a two- or four-year degree or other credential. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed more than $84 million in funding to programs that share these goals. For additional information, visit