Month: January 2015

Obama unveils a new plan for Community College students.

      President Obama’s commitment to low and middle-income students was evident during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.  His appeal to the nation included a bold plan to lower the cost of community college attendance to “zero”.  This plan, first announced on January 8th, strives to make the first two years of community college free for students of any age who earn a “C+” average, attend school at least halftime, and are making “steady progress” toward degree completion.  This program would be available at community colleges with academic programs designed to transfer to public four-year colleges …

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Getting to Know Hudson Middle School

Interview with Hajra Saeed, GEAR UP Site Contact at Hudson Middle School By Mary Unverferth   What motivated you to volunteer to be the GEAR UP Site Contact at Hudson? I have always been interested in seeing students grow to their full potential, no matter what their circumstances.  Many middle school students at Hudson never visualized themselves as ever attending college, so when my principal, Cathleen Imbroane, told us about GEAR UP coming to our school, I was very excited.  She asked me if I would like to be the site contact and I accepted because I knew that the …

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The California DREAM Loan Act

California GEAR UP: Academic Excellence and College Access for All Students Support for The California DREAM Loan Act   California kicked off the New Year with a bang by continuing its efforts to fight for student rights and equality for all students!  On January 1st 2015 The California DREAM Loan Act took effect.  One of the 900 plus laws to take effect on January 1st, the bill directs the University of California and California State University to create a loan program for “undocumented” students who have financial need but lack access to federal or private student loans.   SB 1210 introduced …

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