Guam- Two programs out of the Guam Community College (GCC) have each received an increase in funding to continue helping middle, high school and college students further their education.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded $1.5 million to the College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP), as well as Project AIM over the next 5 years. Program Coordinator Millie Afaisen says the money not only allows them to double the amount of tutors for middle and high school students, it also increases the college grant aid from $500 to $1,000 for high school seniors.
“From $330,000 last year to $1.5 million this year is a really big jump” said Afaisen. “Not only are we able to provide more services and benefits to the students, we are also able to provide supplemental material resources, basic school supplies- pencils, pens, papers, things that a lot of people, you know, take for granted.”
The College Access program also works hand in hand with Project AIM to help students excel in their lives. Director Christine Sison says the $1.5 million dollars will help them provide more support services for a certain bracket of college students at GCC. She adds Project AIM’s next 5 year cycle will be an exciting one.
“The students are now able to continue using tutoring services or for those that are new applicants, can use the tutoring, as well as mentorship or academic advising, as well as getting laptop loans or book loans…whatever they may need…and of course, exposure to cultural activities” said Sison.
A College Access information workshop from 7 pm to 9 pm is being held tonight at the Agana Heights Senior Citizens center for parents and middle and high school students. Another workshop will also be held in Yigo on September 14. For more information on both of GCC’s programs, log on to guamcc.edu . You can also call the College Access Challenge Grant Program at (671) 735-5565 and Project AIM at (671) 735-5594 .