2012-05-10 / Lifestyles

Bay participates in ‘Win-Win’ grant

ESCANABA - Bay College is one of nine colleges in Michigan participating in Project Win-Win, a grant funded initiative to help students obtain Associate Degrees. The project is designed to provide road maps for degree completion to students whose academic records indicate they are close to qualifying or already qualify for a degree.

Bay College is committed to individual success and community development. According to Dr. Laura Coleman, Bay College President, “Project Win-Win is an exciting opportunity for us to help students complete and obtain their degree, which is ultimately a success for the student, the college, and the community.” Research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that individuals with a college degree earn more and have lower unemployment rates than those who have not earned a degree. According to U.S. Census Bureau data from 2009, adults with an associate degree earn an average of $12,000 more per year than those with a high school diploma.

Throughout the next year, Bay College will identify individuals potentially eligible for a degree, perform degree audits, outreach to students, and provide assistance to those interested in completing their degree.

Project Win-Win is a joint effort supported by the Institute for Higher Education Policy and the Michigan Community College Association: Center for Student Success. The initiative involves 64 community colleges and four-year institutions in nine states including: Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Bay College awards Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees, certificates and a certificate of achievement.

For more information, please contact Amy Gibbs at (906) 217- 4266 or by email at degreecompletion@baycollege.edu.

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