Edwards CMC students still benefit from War on Poverty education bill
Earlier this spring, Enews ran a short series of articles profiling students who have benefited from TRIO’s Upward Bound and Student Support Services programs at different Colorado Mountain College locations. This final profile features twins Cindy and Gemma Mendoza and Nereyda Blanco, three students who took part in TRIO programs at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.
Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson announced his War on Poverty, at least one front has demonstrated clear victories in improving economic success. And that front is higher education.
According to a Pew Research Center study released in February, college-educated workers are less likely to be unemployed and can expect to earn significantly more each year than their peers with high school diplomas alone. As this income gap grows, more than doubling since the passage of Johnson’s anti-poverty bill, higher education has become a critical weapon in the fight for economic opportunity.
Fortunately, three historic educational bills passed by the Johnson administration, which created what are now known as the TRIO programs, are still opening doors for students locally and nationwide. At five of its campuses, Colorado Mountain College is helping students via either TRIO’s Student Support Services or Upward Bound programs.
Thanks to an Upward Bound grant, Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Edwards has been empowering disadvantaged high school students to finish school and succeed in college since 2007. And through Student Support Services grants, starting in 2010, the campus has been able to extend the dream Read more