LCCC receives Ellbogen grant to help high school students

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Cheyenne, Wyo. - Students across Wyoming will have improved educational opportunities thanks to a grant received by LCCC.

Laramie County Community College recently received notification that it was awarded a grant from the John P. Ellbogen Foundation. This grant, totaling $50,000, will help expand the college’s GEAR UP program.

It was allocated to fund a high school success coordinator, which will expand the GEAR UP program to additional students including providing the “Reality Town” program to school districts across the state.. Currently only high school students who qualify for free lunches and are low-income can participate in this program. This grant will now allow the program to reach up to 2,500 students across Wyoming.

Adam Keizer, Program Manager for GEAR UP helped develop this expanded program.

“What matters is finding a way to reach these kids and give them opportunities and advantages that otherwise wouldn’t exist for them,” Keizer said.

According to Keizer, GEAR UP helps increase students’ academic skills, helps students graduate and enroll in college, provides tutorial assistance, and gives students life skills workshops and leadership development.

For information about GEAR UP, visit lccc.wy.edu or call 307.778.1325.