Community College Ends Low-Income Program

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The College of The Albemarle won't ask for more money to continue a program to reach out to low-income and first-generation college students because it wasn't clear the federal government would continue to pay for the program.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported the school has received about $350,000 a year for the past five years through the U.S. Department of Education to run the program. School vice president Steve Woodburn says there's no guarantee that the federal government would renew the grant, meaning the community college would be responsible for paying for the program.

Among the program's goals was to increase financial literacy among low-income groups. Woodburn says he believes the goals can be accomplished using existing staff and outreach programs.

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