Three grants help students at Aims Community College succeedSubmitted on: 09-01-2005
Aims Community College recently received three grants totaling more than $600,000 to support students. Colorado Trust awarded $325,000 to Aims’ med-prep program, Alcanzar, as part of the Health Professions Initiative. Aims was among 22 Colorado recipients to share in this three-year grant. Funding will enable the Alcanzar program to expand from the Fort Lupton campus to the Greeley campus. Opportunities for students wishing to enroll in the Alcanzar program will grow as they may choose to attend classes in Fort Lupton or Greeley. The program encourages Hispanics, at-risk youth and disadvantaged people to explore opportunities in the medical field. A partnership between Aims and the Daniels Fund has made $70,000 available through scholarships. The Daniels Opportunity Award is intended for students who have taken a less traditional route in earning their high school diplomas and people who wish to go back to school for further education. This year, Aims awarded eight students $8,932 each to help pay for their college educations. Aims also received $220,000 this year from the Student Support Services program (TRIO grant). Funding from this grant will make it possible for Aims to provide extra support for low-income and first-generation students as well as those who have disabilities. The college will be able to provide additional academic support through academic advising, career exploration, college transfer preparation, mentoring and tutoring for 160 students. Aims was the only Colorado institution to be selected for the 2005 – 2006 school year.
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