January 9, 2011 in City, Idaho

College of Southern Idaho receives $1 million in grants

Money meant to boost college graduation
Associated Press
 

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – The College of Southern Idaho has received nearly $1 million in grant money that will be used as part of a statewide effort to help more Idaho college students graduate.

The grant money is from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation’s “Go On” Initiative.

“The grant targets nontraditional and at-risk students to increase their enrollment and success,” Edit Szanto, CSI vice president of student services, told The Times-News. “We were really pleased to get this.”

The school’s Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language programs will receive $760,000 over two years. The money will be used for scholarships, on-campus employment and additional support for 50 new participants each year.

Some of the money will also be used to hire a college success facilitator to help students finish school.

“The fact that Idaho’s retention rates are so low, coupled with the knowledge that by 2018, 61 percent of new jobs in Idaho will require some postsecondary education, convinced us that we needed to do more to seek a solution to this problem,” said Albertson Foundation Executive Director Jamie MacMillan.

The College of Southern Idaho is also getting $225,000 in grant money for its Alternative High School Dual Credit Success Pilot Program.

The three-year program will help students at Magic Valley High School in Twin Falls and Silver Creek High School in Hailey. The goal is to have 30 students involved in 2011, and 40 students each of the following years.

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