ROCKVILLE — A program that seeks to improve the success of black men who attend Solano Community College got a $25,000 boost this week from AT&T.
The telecommunications giant awarded the grant to the African-American Male Trailblazers Program at the college. The money will allow the program to serve 65 primarily black male Solano College students.
Information about the grant was contained in a Monday press release from the Solano Community College Educational Foundation, which received the grant.
The grant will provide money to enhance retention and graduation rates for program participants as they strive to achieve academic success.
Elements of the African-American Male Trailblazers Program include mentoring, re-entry support services and tutoring. Students will conduct a self-evaluation, develop a viable plan to overcome life obstacles and increase their critical thinking skills.
The goal of the program is for participants to earn an associate degree, transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce at a higher level, according to the release.
“African-American male students have historically achieved academically at levels below that of other groups at Solano Community College and throughout the nation. It is critical to provide resources for this population so that they can achieve their academic goals and become gainfully employed,” Karen McCord, Solano College Ethnic Studies coordinator and professor and grant developer, said in the release. “Intervention programs such as African-American Male Trailblazers will positively impact the rate of completion of African-American male students.”
The $25,000 contribution is part of AT&T Aspire program, company’s $350 million commitment to education. Launched in 2008, AT&T Aspire is described in the release as one of the largest-ever corporate commitments to address high school success and workforce readiness.
A ceremonial check will be presented at the next governing board meeting, scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at 360 Campus Lane in Fairfield.
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