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UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education
Receives Grant for Precollege Program

RELEASED: Aug. 22, 2008

News editors: For more information or to arrange an interview regarding the Line Up for College Program, contact Libby Thurston, UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, at 715-836-3365 or thurstel@uwec.edu.

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin System Committee on Baccalaureate Expansion has awarded UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education a $74,995 grant to begin "Line Up for College," a precollege program for 6th- through 8th-grade students. The LUC program will provide mentoring, tutoring and skill building that will lay key foundations for future participation in the Wisconsin Covenant Community, the state's commitment to secondary students who pledge high academic performance and pursuit of postsecondary education.

"The three-year program will provide middle-school students with strong academic support, early familiarity with the university environment, networks of adult mentors and peer support that will help the students clarify their goals for a college education," said Libby Thurston, Continuing Education youth programs outreach specialist. "While inspiring students to dream big about their future options, LUC will help students build the academic, social and personal skills to realize those dreams."

LUC will launch in fall 2008 with a cohort of 25 6th-grade students from DeLong Middle School in Eau Claire. Partnering with the Eau Claire Area School District, LUC staff will recruit participants based on free/reduced lunch eligibility. Each subsequent year, a new cohort of 6th graders will join LUC until all three grade levels run simultaneously. The intent is that students remain in LUC through 8th grade, at which time they will sign the Wisconsin Covenant and transition into UW-Eau Claire's other precollege programming.

For additional program information call 715-836-3636/toll-free 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), or e-mail ce@uwec.edu.

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