Although Cal State Receives $1.6 Million From AT&T Foundation for College Access Initiatives
California State University has announced a four-year, $1.6 million grant from the AT&T Foundation for two programs designed to expand access to college for students in traditionally underserved communities and bolster California's professional workforce.
A portion of the grant will be used to fund the Road to College bus tour, a statewide education and outreach campaign that works to improve underserved student access to the CSU system. The bus, which holds more than 150 students, is outfitted with high-speed, Internet-ready laptop computers linked to CSUMentor, CSU's planning and application Web site. The hands-on experience will give students an opportunity to take a virtual tour of CSU's twenty-three campuses, learn about financial aid and scholarships, and fill out a college application.
The grant also will provide support for the CSU College Corps pilot program, in which upper division and graduate students will supplement the work of high school guidance counselors with a thousand high school students during the academic year. The program initially will be deployed through CSU campuses at San Marcos, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Fresno, and East Bay.
"Supporting education has been a major focus for AT&T for more than a century, and through the Aspire initiative launched in April, education is now the key focus of our philanthropy," said AT&T California president Ken McNeely. "The Road to College and CSU College Corps program will provide students in communities across the state with the tools to succeed."
“California State University and AT&T To Help Underserved Students Go to College.” AT&T Inc. Press Release 9/10/08.
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