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Grants up to $25,000 Each to Help Latino Families, Nontraditional Students Earn Degrees

The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) recently announced that it is accepting applications for 10 grants of up to $25,000 each to help education and community organizations provide support for Latino and other families to earn college degrees. The grants are made possible with funding from MetLife Foundation, to expand the reach of the Family Literacy–Community College Partnership Initiative to communities and programs across the country.


“These grants will broaden the availability and targeted use of a recently developed comprehensive set of tools for local organizations, schools, and community colleges,” said Sharon Darling, president and founder of NCFL. “Most importantly, they will help guide adults learning English, first-generation college students, and their families toward achieving their goals of obtaining a degree and economic well-being.”


The tools are available free of charge. The grants help community programs create innovative and practical uses of the online resources in order to maximize their success while learning from exemplary local efforts supporting educational transitions.


To learn more and fill out an application, click here. The First Stage applications are due by midnight EDT on August 22. Successful First Stage applicants will be notified during the week of September 12 and invited to submit a full Second Stage application.


Examples of grantee implementation can include:

· Community colleges and literacy programs establishing partnerships to improve the transition and success of nontraditional students in postsecondary educational settings;

· Community colleges and literacy programs working to align GED instruction with the skills and knowledge needed for college and careers;

· Community-based programs or schools beginning or enhancing their work with families to promote investments in education and successful pathways to college; and

· Community colleges and literacy programs strengthening existing partnerships and improving upon nontraditional student transitions into postsecondary education.

Grantees may use one or all of the toolkit resources in their proposed project.

“This support will encourage adult learners, parents, and families to continue their education and prepare for careers,” said Dennis White, MetLife Foundation president and CEO. “We hope the grants will help communities and students of all ages make lifelong learning a reality.”


The resources include online lessons with activities for Spanish-speaking families to help increase their investment in and pursuit of educational opportunities; a program guide for family and adult literacy programs; a case study on partnerships between family literacy programs and community colleges; a practical guide on how to make those partnerships more effective; and an examination of the impediments to attaining a postsecondary education, including how literacy programs can help with the transition and increase college graduation rates for nontraditional students.

For more information, please contact Carla Blanton at (859) 608-4850.

Posted by The League for Innovation in the Community College on 07/28/2011 at 10:01 AM | Categories: New Education Resources -