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ACT Prep Program Funded By
Diversity Program Development Initiative Grant

RELEASED: March 22, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Through a $7,500 grant from the University of Wisconsin-Extension's Diversity Program Development Initiative, UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education launched an ACT preparation program for low-income and minority high school students on Feb.17. The pilot class of 37 students will complete a six week course leading up to the April 14 national exam date.

Continuing Education partnered with Upward Bound, DPI's Wisconsin Educational Opportunities Program and its own Office of Multicultural Affairs to recruit program participants. These community partners selected student participants from within their organizations and are supporting their involvement in the program.

In addition to the 35-hour ACT preparation course, Continuing Education incorporated campus events to help students and parents think beyond the ACT to their transition into college. These events include a campus day for parents and students, a panel discussion on preparing for college life, and individual consultations for those interested in pursuing admission to UW-Eau Claire.

The UW-Extension Diversity Program Development Initiative provides funds for development and implementation of new diversity programs and services. Participation is limited to the Division of Outreach and E-Learning Extension's campus-based partners throughout the UW System and to the division's internal units, Learning Innovations and the School for Workers.

For more information, contact Libby Thurston at 715-836-3365 or thurstel@uwec.edu.

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