June 12, 2019 9:00 a.m.
Umpqua Community College has been selected to receive a grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation.
A release from UCC said the $7,400 grant will go to the Adult Basic Skills Program. It will support students who are seeking a General Education Diploma. The award will be used to help reduce out-of-pocket costs for GED course tuition, practice tests, and testing fees for up to 100 of the nearly 400 students that will be served this year.
The release said on average, it costs a student up to $196 to complete their GED courses and pass their tests. Many students struggle to meet the expense, according to the release. 68 percent of UCC’s GED students are unemployed or under-employed and 44 percent receive public assistance.
For the past two years, the ABS program has produced the highest number of GED graduates in the state, according to the release. The average is 14 percent. UCC more than doubled that average this past academic year with a 34 percent completion rate.
Monique Reinwald, UCC’s Assessment and Tracking Coordinator, said “in order to maintain this type of success in our community, our students need supporters who can help remove financial barriers”. She said she is “so grateful to the Cow Creek Foundation for seeing the value in financially investing in these students”.
An awards presentation will be held at Seven Feathers on Wednesday June 26th at 10:00 a.m.