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More Help for Mississippian’s Seeking a College Degree

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 10 Dec 2010 08:08am | comments
Jackson State University Campus

College is now more accessible than ever for thousands of Mississippi students because of a new $1.85 million dollar federal grant. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports how its helping students find answers and realize their educational goals.

The first step to becoming a doctor, lawyer even rocket scientist begins with getting a college education. With the help of a $1.85 million dollar College Challenge Grant, Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank Bounds says the state will now be able to hire new counselors and develop a new website that will help students to better understand the process of selecting a school and finding resources.

"How they get connected to a university, how they get advised appropriately, how we start talking to young students, middle school students, students early in their high school. It really is about access, how we get them to start thinking about going to college and what they need to do in high school and how we get them in the doors."

While Mississippi has lots of first generation college students Bounds says the biggest issue in this state is that we still have the least educated citizenry.

"And so really helping our general population understand that getting a college education is possible regardless of your income bracket. Helping them to understand what type of preparation needs to take place, and so it's really focused on all Mississippians."

Although the College Challenge Grant is open to all much of the funding will be targeted at low income students in the Mississippi Delta and Southwest Mississippi. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.

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