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College of the Desert Awarded Federal Funding

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Location: Washington, DC


Congresswoman Mary Bono (R-CA) is pleased to announce College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California as the recipient of $339,381 in federal grant monies for the Upward Bound academic program. The federal grant, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, will be used to support pre-college performance opportunities for: high school students from low-income families; high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree; and low-income, first generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education and other higher education pursuits, according to Bono.

"Our local academic institutions are working tirelessly to expand and create programs that provide individuals guidance and access to higher education opportunities - these funds will work to strengthen those efforts and academic programs like Upward Bound," said Bono. "Supporting our academic community translates to supporting the future of our region," added Bono.

The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Upward Bound projects provide academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, and work-study programs also are supported.

The U.S. Department of Education was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. Its original directive remains its mission today — to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. The functions of the U.S. Department of Education include: establishing policies on federal financial aid for education and distributing as well as monitoring those funds; collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research; focusing national attention on key educational issues; and prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

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