Wharton County Junior College has received a three-year grant totaling $600,000 to increase college readiness among high school graduates, ease the transition for graduates to partner with community colleges, and increase student success in developmental courses.
WCJC’s grant, Gulf Coast Partners Achieving Student Success (Gulf Coast PASS), is one of several sub-awards given to Gulf Coast area community colleges by the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) at The University of Texas at Austin. It is made possible by a grant from the Houston Endowment which has previously supported Gulf Coast area colleges in Achieving the Dream (AtD), a national initiative focused on student success. CCLP will administer the grant in partnership with Houston A+ Challenge and The Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC).
According to Dr. Danson Jones, WCJC’s director of institutional effectiveness, each community college was asked to partner with a key ISD or feeder high school to work on better quality college access, along with serious work on improving developmental education outcomes.
WCJC and Wharton ISD will be working together to 1) to communicate the value of a college education, increase financial aid awareness, and assist in completion of college admission and financial aid applications; 2) align the curriculum between Wharton High School and WCJC through participation in vertical alignment teams; 3) provide a student success course as a dual credit offering; and 4) provide a developmental summer bridge program at WCJC, offering an accelerated track to college-readiness.