Continuing in his commitment to helping provide access to higher education to those who want to pursue it, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) today announced two $1.25 million U.S. Department of Education grants, one to Passaic County Community College (PCCC) and the other to Montclair State University (MSU).
The funding will go to each schools' Upward Bound Program, which helps high school students who are either low-income and/ or potential first-generation college students achieve higher education. The funding awarded to PCCC will serve 50 Passaic High School students, while the funding to MSU will serve 50 high school students who live in Paterson.
"As the first member of my family to go to college, I am particularly proud to announce this funding that brings the opportunity for higher education within reach of those who might not otherwise have it," said Pascrell, a former educator who now serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and House Budget Committee. "No one achieves any great success completely on their own. This funding, with the help of Passaic County Community College and Montclair State University, will give students the resources they need to be as successful as possible in school."
"Congressman Pascrell has been a champion for Passaic County Community College practically since its inception. This funding is just the latest example of his commitment to our school and its students," said Dr. Steven Rose, president of Passaic County Community College. "The Upward Bound program helps us help students make the most of the opportunity for higher education. Our faculty and administration are ready to help our students meet their challenges."
"I'm elated as the director to receive this continuing funding to provide educational opportunities for college bound students who are low income and first generation," said Donna Lorenzo, director of Montclair State University's Upward Bound Program.
"Any access to funding that we can get for our kids, because of the economic conditions that we face, is just a plus. It's a great opportunity for Passaic High kids to take advantage of programs like what Passaic County Community College is offering," said Dr. Robert Holster, Superintendent of Passaic Public Schools. "Congressman Pascrell has always been mindful of our community, and particularly, our school system. He is sensitive to the socio-economic needs of our district. He's always there to help, always."
The purpose of the Upward Bound (UB) Program is to generate the skills and motivation necessary for students in the program to finish high school as well as enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education.
UB Program participants must be potential first-generation college students, low income individuals, or individuals who has a high risk for academic failure, and has a need for academic support in order to pursue successfully a program of education beyond high school.
Program services include:
* academic tutoring
* advice and assistance in secondary and postsecondary course selection
* preparation for college entrance exams and completing the college admission applications
* information on federal student financial aid programs including:
(a) federal Pell grant awards
(b) loan forgiveness
* assistance completing financial aid applications;
* guidance on and assistance in:
(a) secondary school reentry
(b) alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts that lead to the receipt of a regular secondary school diploma,
(c) entry into general educational development (GED) programs or
(d) entry into postsecondary education
* education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students or the students' parents, including financial planning for postsecondary education, and
* projects funded for at least two years under the program, must provide instruction in mathematics through pre-calculus; laboratory science; foreign language; composition; and literature.