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VC gets grant for advisers, peers

By JULIAN CAVAZOS
Sept. 14, 2009 at 4:14 a.m.


The Victoria College will use a $2.8 million grant to help students make the transition from high school to college.

The grant will also help students who are struggling to make passing grades in college.

During the next five years, college advisers will be hired to work on-campus and at area high schools.

The grant, announced at VC's board of trustees meeting on Monday, goes toward colleges who have large populations of Hispanic students.

Of the 140 college applicants nationwide, VC was one of 24 selected, said Jennifer Yancey, vice president of College Advancement & External Affairs.

The Strengthening Institutions Program, a five-year grant given by the U.S. Department of Education, will place college advisers at four area high schools within the next few years.

An adviser will first be hired for Gonzales High School in 2010, then one at Calhoun High School in 2011. In 2012, Victoria East and Victoria West high schools will each have advisers.

"It will create academic centers to help students research post-secondary institutions," Yancey said.

The grant will also help high school students successfully transfer to college, Yancey said.

The second part of the grant will go toward hiring peer advisers and tutors at VC starting Oct. 1. Advisers will help students on scholastic probation do better, such as those who have low GPA's. An additional tutoring coordinator will also be hired.

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