Clark receives grant to help low-income students stay in college, succeed

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47 percent of Clark College students are low income

Clark College's LogoClark College received a major grant to help low-income students complete their education. Work is already underway on the Working Families Success Network (WFSN) grant, which provides $100,000 per year over three years to hire staff and equip them to work with students.

WFSN is a program of Achieving the Dream, a partnership of seven nonprofit organizations that has grown to become the largest non-governmental reform movement working in higher education today. Achieving the Dream works at 200 higher education institutions in 34 states and the District of Columbia helping nearly 4 million college students realize greater economic opportunity.

“We know that far too many of our students are just one financial crisis away from dropping out of school, and that once they drop out it can be incredibly difficult for them to return,” said Edie Blakley, director of Career Services.

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Lisa Gibert is the CEO of Clark College Foundation. Bob Knight is the president of Clark College.