DOUGLASVILLE (March 1, 2021) – The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education has selected three Georgia chambers of commerce as winners of the Spring 2021 College Access Grant. These $3,000 mini-grants are used to increase post-secondary enrollment, attendance, and completion through programs designed to target students least likely to pursue higher education. This includes low-income, under-represented, and first-generation college goers. The Douglas County Chamber is proud to be selected as one of three recipients.
The Chamber, in partnership with Elevate Douglas Economic Partnership, Douglas County Schools, and the University of West Georgia will offer a virtual College Kick-Off event on March 12th focused on assisting students with navigating the higher education system. It will also create a Safety Net Fund that will provide Douglas County School System seniors and graduates with mini-grants to cover expenses that serve as a barrier for students enrolling in college this Fall. The Partnership’s College Access Grant will provide funding for the event and seed money for the Safety Net Fund.
Douglas County School’s Superintendent, Trent North, commented “Our goal is to graduate students who are prepared for college or career. Sometimes part of preparing students for the next step is ensuring they have the means to apply and begin the enrollment process. We are delighted that the College Access Grant from the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education will assist some of our students with this important next step.”
Representative, Donna Lackey, on behalf of the University of West Georgia’s office of the President added “The University of West Georgia is excited to partner on the College Kick-off Program benefitting Douglas County seniors and graduates. This program is another great example of implementing UWG’s strategic vision of being relevant, competitive, and creating a quality place for area students to be successful as they seek post-secondary education.”
Douglas County Chamber President and CEO, Sara Ray, concluded with “The Chamber is honored to receive one of the GPEE College Access Grants. Creating opportunities for students to continue their education is more critical now than ever and with the support of this grant, we can serve a population that would not normally have the opportunity for post-secondary education. I am thrilled to serve as one of the collaborative partners to continue on our mission to cultivate talent in Douglas County.”
Information and registration for the March 12th Virtual College Kick-Off Event is available on the Douglas County Chamber website, www.douglascountygeorgia.com. For additional information contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022.