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MVCC receives $250,000 federal grant to help disadvantaged students

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. - Congressman Richard Hanna has announced that Mohawk Valley Community College has been selected to receive a $250,000 grant through a federal program designed to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Upward Bound, a federal TRiO program, aims to generate the skills and motivation necessary to complete a higher education degree. Students participating in the program are potential first-generation college students, low-income individuals or disabled students.

"I'm pleased that MVCC will receive this grant through the federal TRiO program," Rep. Hanna said. "Students here in upstate New York are well-served by TRiO services like tutoring, counseling, mentoring and financial guidance. Educational opportunities should be available for all Americans and this program helps see to it. Congratulations to MVCC."

Hanna is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives TRiO Caucus, which works to provide support to TRiO programs to make higher education more easily accessible for low-income, first-generation and disabled students. The House TRiO Caucus generates support for the TRiO programs from Congress, the U.S. Department of Education and works to expand awareness of the need to improve education opportunities for all Americans. Mohawk Valley

Community College President Randall VanWagoner, Ph.D., said the college is thankful for the grant funding to continue the Upward Bound program, which serves so many disadvantaged students, especially from the Utica area.

"We are proud and thrilled to be able to continue this program and address such an important community need with our partners at the Utica City School District," President VanWagoner said.

The $250,000 grant is for the 2012-2013 budget year and it is anticipated that the grant will be awarded for a total of five years to assist with the Upward Bound program.

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