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$1.6 million for Calhoun's Upward Bound project

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Calhoun Community College a $1.6 million grant to fund the college's Upward Bound project.

The four-year grant begins this year and annually provides $390,000 for the program through Aug. 31, 2011.

Upward Bound is a federally funded program that encourages high school students to complete their secondary education and pursue higher education. This year, the program selected 85 high school students (grades 9 through 12) from Lawrence County.

Calhoun's Upward Bound project has existed since 1989, serving hundreds of Lawrence County students since its inception.

The project provides after-school tutoring, Saturday workshops, college and cultural exposure, counseling, and summer residential programs.

Participants receive instruction in: English composition and literature, science with laboratories, mathematics through calculus, foreign language, career exploration, and reading comprehension.

For more information about Calhoun's Upward Bound project, contact program director Randy Engle at (256) 306-2768.

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