Owens Community College receives $1.25M federal grant

PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) - Many college prep programs start when students are juniors and seniors in high school, but Owens Community College administrators said that may be too late. As a result, OCC is using a federal grant to start a new program.

Owens just received a $1.25 million federal grant for a new program called Upward Bound. Over the next five years, Owens will reach out to high school freshmen in hopes of preparing them for college.

The program will involve workshops, tutoring, field trips to college sites, and testing preparation. Owens administrators said it will also teach students how to handle financial aid issues and offer information sessions for parents.

The grant is spread out over the next five years. During that time, administrators hope to serve at least 300 students from local high schools. The goal is to reach them earlier in their academic careers so they can be better prepared.

"With the majority of our programs that we have, we're reaching out to seniors in high school. It's important that at the freshman year, they understand and start to get college-ready so that when they graduate they can easily have a seamless transition to college," explained Tamara Williams with Owens' academic services and retention.

Administrators said Owens will start the program this fall with 60 students.

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