WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., And Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., And U.S. Representative Michael Guest, R-Miss., Today announced the Department of L US education totaling over $ 1.7 million at Southwest Mississippi Community College (SMCC), Alcorn State University (ASU) and Jackson State University (JSU).
SMCC received an initial grant of $ 592,000 under the Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) program to increase student retention through degree and training programs, with an emphasis on education related to STEM. ASU received two Talent Search Program grants valued at $ 554,570, while JSU received $ 277,375 for its Talent Search Program.
“A college education can be a lifeline for students looking to advance their career opportunities” Wicker noted. “This set of grants will allow SMCC, Alcorn State and JSU to increase their reach and encourage more students to pursue graduate studies in our state.”
“These Mississippi institutions understand the challenges their students face. They have received these grants to carry out programs that can help these students overcome barriers and access higher paying employment opportunities available to graduates with certificates and degrees ”, Hyde smith noted.
“I am grateful that the US Department of Education has recognized the incredible work of the SMCC, Jackson State and Alcorn State in educating the youth of Mississippi” Guest noted. “Increasing student retention is a critical part of our country’s investment in our future leaders, and the focus on STEM programs will ensure these students are prepared for successful careers in many areas of work. important. “
Department of Education approved PBI and Talent Search grants represent the first installment for grants that are scheduled to extend for five years.
In addition to a focus on student retention and graduation, SMCC will also enhance distance learning and develop a power lineman program to expand access to STEM programs for students under -represented.
ASU and JSU will be able to reach hundreds of students through the Talent Search program helping them graduate from high school and continue their post-secondary education.