Cayuga Selected by U.S. Department of Education as Participant in New Dual Enrollment Pell Experiment

Cayuga Community College has been selected as an experimental site for the U.S. Department of Education’s Pell Experiment aimed at expanding access to college courses for high school students and increasing college graduation rates for at-risk students. Forty-four (44) postsecondary institutions – primarily two-year colleges – across 23 states have been invited to participate in this effort, which will allow high school students access to Federal Pell Grants.

“Dual enrollment programs are powerful ways to introduce rigorous coursework to students and show these students that they are smart enough, talented enough, and prepared enough to tackle higher education. Dual enrollment programs are game changers for all students – especially first-generation or low-income families,” said Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell. “Through this experiment, we hope to learn how the availability of Pell Grants affects student participation and success in dual enrollment programs.”

Cayuga Community College hopes participation in the Pell Experiment will enable approximately 30 Fulton high school students to pursue at least 12 credits towards a postsecondary credential in Health Sciences, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics while still enrolled at G. Ray Bodley High School. Cayuga Community College will provide academic tutoring, early alert interventions, financial aid counseling, financial aid literacy training, career and transfer counseling, as well as an on-campus point person to coordinate students’ on-campus needs and communicate regularly with the Fulton City School District. The dual enrollment program will also provide classes that address social and emotional needs, as well as intervention services for at-risk students, including student advocates that meet weekly with faculty.

“This pilot program will allow students in the Fulton area the opportunity to begin their college careers early when they otherwise might not have been able to do so,” said Bill Lynch, Fulton City School District Superintendent. “We are thrilled to be a part of this Department of Education experimental program.”
“We are incredibly excited that Cayuga is among the inaugural participants of this new program,” said Dr. Brian M. Durant, CCC President. “We are a comprehensive educational resource that is not just about being a starting point for higher education, but a place where individuals at all stages of life can take advantage of what Cayuga Community College offers. This program marks a great step forward toward increasing access to all students, and we look forward to seeing its results.”

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