WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith and U.S. Congressman Michael Guest announced Thursday the awarding of U.S. Department of Education grants totaling more than $1.7 million to the Southwest Mississippi Community College, Alcorn State University and Jackson State University.
SMCC received an initial grant of $592,000 under the Predominantly Black Institutions Program to increase student retention through degree programs and training, with an emphasis on related education to STEM. ASU received two Talent Search Program grants worth $554,570, while JSU received $277,375 for its Talent Search Program.
“A college education can be a lifeline for students looking to advance their career opportunities,” Wicker said. “This grant package will allow SMCC, Alcorn State, and JSU to expand their reach and encourage more students to pursue higher education in our state.”
“These Mississippi institutions understand the challenges their students face. They received these grants to carry out programs that can help these students overcome barriers and access the higher-paying employment opportunities available to graduates with certificates and degrees,” Hyde-Smith said.
“I am grateful that the United States Department of Education has recognized the incredible work of SMCC, Jackson State, and Alcorn State in educating young people in Mississippi,” Guest said. “Increasing student retention is a critical part of our country’s investment in our future leaders, and a focus on STEM programs will ensure these students are prepared for successful careers in many areas of work. important.”
PBI and Talent Search grants approved by the Department of Education represent the first year’s disbursement for grants that are expected to span five years.
In addition to emphasizing student retention and graduation, SMCC will also enhance distance learning and develop a powerline worker program to expand access to STEM programs for undergraduate students. represented.
ASU and JSU will be able to reach hundreds of students through the talent search program by helping them graduate from high school and continue their post-secondary education.