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Haddon Heights, NJ –Today, Congressman Andrews announced that Camden County College was awarded $440,000 through a federal grant to create or sustain 20 teaching jobs and help students get the education they need to be competitive in today’s workforce.

Camden County College will use these federal funds, awarded through the Department of Education’s (DOE) Upward Bound program, to employ 20 teachers to teach summer college prep classes in English, literature, foreign language, mathematics, and science to students who come from low-income families or families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.
Participating students will get weekly follow-ups and tutoring throughout the regular academic school year to ensure that they are continuing to meet the standards necessary to excel and achieve college acceptance. Finally, the program provides assistance to participating students to help them navigate the college admission process so that they can obtain a degree and make it in today’s workforce.

Camden County College was awarded the competitive grant because of its proven ability to provide students with the tools needed to transition to four-year colleges and find quality work. With more and more schools facing difficult budget decisions, the Upward Bound program allows schools like Camden County College to hire teachers without having to make harmful cuts or sacrifice quality.

“For far too many Americans in this economy, jobs are hard to come by – and nowhere is that more true than in areas where generations before have not had the opportunity to attended college,” said Rep. Andrews.  “This grant not only helps provide students with that opportunity, but it provides the resources necessary to create and sustain jobs for teachers.”

As a member of the Education & Workforce Committee, Congressman Andrews will continue to provide his leading support in favor of programs like Upward Bound that create quality teaching jobs while providing students with better opportunities to attend college and find work.

 

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