Teacher Training & Completion Grants
June 22, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. K-12 coverage focuses on the president’s plan to merge the Education and Labor Departments. Pell Grants and small “completion grants” are shown to help college students finish their degrees.
Elementary & Secondary Education:
- Completion grants – small awards of $500 to $1,500 given to academically successful students who have exhausted all other forms of aid – have been shown to help students finish their degrees when they otherwise would have to drop out. The Washington Post outlines this promising new form of financial aid.
- Since Congress restored year-round Pell Grants last year, community colleges around the country have seen a boost in summer enrollment. “With this change, students can take classes year-round using Pell funds and move quickly toward graduation without worrying about running out of Pell funds,” a spokeswoman for Valencia College in Orlando, Florida tells Inside Higher Ed.
- NPR highlights CollegePoint, a non-profit aimed at helping high-achieving, low-income students navigate the college application process with remote advisers.
Cooke Foundation Highlights:
- Bowdoin College hosted the third annual Collaborative for Access & Successful College Outcomes (CASCO) conference last week. With funding from the Cooke Foundation, more than 30 educators from low-budget high schools and community-based organizations were able to attend.
- Cooke Scholar Jesus Rodriguez won the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ 2019 Charlie Ericksen Journalism Supplement. The award includes mentorship with a journalist in the Washington, DC area.
- Josue Luna and Sarah Schwab, two recently selected Undergraduate Transfer Scholars, are highlighted in The San Diego Union-Tribune.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education announces the appointment of new leaders in the higher education space including the Foundation’s new executive director, Seppy Basili.
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