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$70K grants awarded to LCCC; High school students to receive improved educational opportunities

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - Laramie County Community College announced that the school has been awarded two grants from the John P. Ellbogen Foundation, May 27. These grants, totaling nearly $70,000, will allow students across Laramie County to have improved educational opportunities through the college’s GEAR UP and Partnership Diploma Program (PDP). More than $60,000 was allocated to fund a high school success counselor, which will expand the GEAR UP program to additional students, reaching up to 1,000 students. Currently only high school students who qualify for free lunches and are low-income can participate in this program. “What matters is finding a way to reach these kids and give them opportunities and advantages that otherwise wouldn’t exist for them,” Adam Keizer, Program Manager for GEAR UP, said. According to Keizer, GEAR UP helps increase students’ academic skills, helps students graduate and enroll in college, provides tutorial assistance, and gives students life skills workshops and leadership development. Additionally, $7,550 was granted to the PDP to train staff, incorporate the tenets of the Code of the West and Cowboy Ethics in an incentive program to help students reach their potential, helping students of Laramie County reach graduation through a partnership with the school district. “This is a chance to help these young people reach for the best in themselves,” Program director Martha Thein, who created the initiative for this request, said. For information about GEAR UP and the Partnership Diploma Program, visit lccc.wy.edu. #shortgo #news