New Gates Grants for Remedial Ed at Community Colleges

June 22, 2009

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and MDC Inc. are today announcing $16.5 million in grants to 15 community colleges in 6 states to expand remedial education efforts that appear to be having significantly more success than the norm. More than 133,000 students take remedial courses at the colleges involved and the rate at which students move from remedial to college-level work went from 16 to 20 percent for those involved. The strategies involve the use of technology to teach basic skills, mentorships and better coordination between high schools and community colleges. The five states and their participating colleges are: Connecticut (Housatonic Community College and Norwalk Community College); Florida (Valencia Community College); North Carolina (Guilford Technical Community College); Ohio (Cuyahoga Community College, Jefferson Community College, North Central State College, Sinclair Community College and Zane State College); Texas (Coastal Bend College, El Paso Community College, Houston Community College and South Texas College); and Virginia (Danville Community College and Patrick Henry Community College).

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