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NCCC to begin Educational Opportunity Program

SANBORN – Niagara County Community College announced Monday that it will create a new Educational Opportunity Program for disadvantaged students with a $129,500 grant from the State University of New York Investment and Performance Fund.

The grant will pay for the first-year costs of implementing the program for about 75 student applicants each year.

They must be first-time, full-time students with no prior college, residents of New York State and high school graduates with a C average or a high school equivalency diploma, and members of an economically disadvantaged household.

NCCC will have a dedicated program director, case manager, and professional academic tutors to provide student intake forms, opinion surveys, an academic review process and orientation. Individual service plans, case management services, academic tutoring sessions, a summer bridge program for entering freshmen, academic advisement activities and workshops and training sessions also will be available.

Vice President of Student Services Julia Pitman said, “It is my hope that we will be able to serve local students who would otherwise choose to go to a different college if we did not have this program for them.” Forty-three other campuses in the SUNY system already have this program.