Lake Michigan College is one of seven colleges across the nation participating in an experimental program to see if coordinated financial help, such as child care subsidies and food assistance, helps low-income students complete a degree.
Twenty-eight students, six of whom were without a stable home, have already received benefits in the program’s early stages, according to the college.
The college – along with Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich., and five community colleges in other states – will provide low-income students with increased services in hopes of seeing them get the skills they need to find a job.
The colleges will implement the program over three years with a $4.84 million grant from the Ford Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is also contributing to the initiative. The college, which is part of Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) initiative, will work with the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to begin testing the model, according to a college release.