$450,000 Grant For Medgar Evers

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Medgar Evers College has received a $450,000 dollar grant from the New York State Department of Education.

The three-year, five month grant will fund the Dual Enrollment program at Medgar Evers College and Medgar Evers College Preparatory High School (MECPHS).

The program allows high school students at MECPHS to enroll in Medgar Evers College courses, giving them a head start in their college careers. "This grant will allow us to better prepare the next generation of Central Brooklyn college students," said Medgar Evers College President Dr. William L. Pollard. "Students who come to college with some college-level preparation tend to perform better academically."

MECPHS has been voted as one of the best in Brooklyn by the New York Daily News in both 2007 and 2008. The Dual Enrollment program was acknowledged by President Barack Obama in 2009 for its innovative approach to helping students graduate from high school with an associate's degree.

MECPHS is also among three high schools named as 2010 College Board Inspiration Award winners for improving their academic environments and helping underserved students achieve equitable access to higher education.

"For many students, college doesn't begin on the first day of college classes," said Medgar's Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. Howard C. Johnson. "Their career often begins in high school when they take Advanced Placement courses. Programs like our Dual Enrollment help students, from traditionally underserved neighborhoods, begin to realize their full academic potential before they come to college. This grant will greatly help us support this important initiative."

This is the latest in a series of grants received by Medgar Evers College, including five grants from the New York City Department of
Youth and Community Development totaling $1,838,308 for various youth programs.

About Medgar Evers College, CUNY Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963.

The College is divided into four schools:
The School of Business www.mec.cuny.edu/academic_affairs/business_school/business_school_home.asp ; The School of Professional and Community Development www.mec.cuny.edu/spcd/; The School of Liberal Arts and Education www.mec.cuny.edu/academic_affairs/libarts_ed_school/libart_ed_sc ; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology www.mec.cuny.edu/academic_affairs/science_tech_school/sci_ht_schoolhome.asp.

Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women's Development www.mec.cuny.edu/academic_affairs/student_affairs/womens_cntr.asp , the Center for Black Literature www.mec.cuny.edu/spcd/caddi/cbl.asp, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy www.duboisbunche.org.

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