$3.5 million grant awarded to help Mississippians get degrees


Public colleges and universities will receive $3.5 million through the state’s Complete 2 Compete program — an initiative aimed at helping adult learners who left college return and obtain a degree. The donation, given by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will be used throughout the next two years for Complete 2 Compete Tuition Assistance Grants to help students minimize the cost of coming back to college. However, adult learners who have already re-enrolled are not eligible for the grant. To be eligible, a student must not have attended a post-secondary institution within the past 24 consecutive months. “These grants will remove the financial roadblock and clear the pathway for former students to pursue their dreams of earning a degree, which will in turn open many more doors for them,” said Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education.

Fund to aid adult students at Gulf Coast Community College

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will receive $15,000 on Wednesday to provide support for its adult education students. “A lot of the adults that get in these programs are going to be lower-income, under-employed, unemployed, under-educated and one little thing can stop the process or throw a huge roadblock,” said Zach Scruggs, the executive director of 2nd Chance MS.

The organization, along with Bascot McCarty Foundation and Chevron are donating $5,000 each to establish the fund, though Scruggs noted they hope to get additional partners to contribute. Many times, the students enrolled in these programs have dropped out of high school. Upon returning for their high school equivalency or employment skills training, they’re faced with distinct challenges. “They lack a lot of the basic necessities that we all take for granted – food, sometimes shelter.

Cleveland School District releases breakdown of enrollment numbers

CLEVELAND  — A breakdown of the drop in enrollment at Cleveland School District shows the majority of students who left went to private schools. A total of 224 students have transferred out of the district since May 2017. Because new students have also transferred in, overall enrollment is only down by 100, bringing the total from 3,502 to 3,402. Superintendent Jacquelyn Thigpen indicated the decline was not significant. “We always have some to go.