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New program to aid at-risk youth obtain a higher education degree

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A new program coming to the City of Utica will offer resources and support to encourage students to enroll and graduate college.

The "On Point for College" Program, based in Syracuse, is expanding their reach to help low income, refugees, and homeless young adults, ages 17-25, obtain a higher education degree.

The non-profit organization sponsors college visits, provides transportation to and from campus, has counselors to aid with the transition, provides basic college supplies, and helps students apply for financial aid.

"We are going to go into the community to where the young people are, who are kind of falling through the cracks," said Ginny Donohue, On Point Founder and Executive Director. "The students who mainly thought college wasn't a possibility for them. To find them and guide them through the process and we are actually going to support them all the way through."

The program is made possible by a multimillion dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

On Point representatives say they hope to help 75 local students enroll in college in their first year in Utica.

For information on the program, you can visit www.onpointforcollege.org

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