Saint Paul College GETS $500,000 GRANT
Saint Paul College will receive $500,000 to increase postsecondary access and success for American Indian and indigenous students and their families.
“We are grateful for the support of Senators Klobuchar and Smith,” said Dee Dee Peaslee, EdD, Saint Paul College President. “This congressionally-directed funding will make an immediate impact on the Four Directions Pathway initiative which is designed to aid in the success of the American Indian and indigenous communities in Minnesota by developing culturally responsive supports for students and families from high school through college. We appreciate our local partners, including the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Indian Education Program, American Indian Family Center (AIFC), City of Saint Paul Right Track, and MIGIZI. Together, we will work to close the education gap for native students in Minnesota.”
In collaboration with local partners, Saint Paul College piloted the summer bridge program in 2021 as the first step in the Four Directions Pathway Initiative. Four Directions Pathway summer bridge supported a cohort of 12 students planning to enroll at Saint Paul College. The federal funding will allow the program to expand from 12 to 200 students per year as they progress from high school through college.
The goals of the Four Directions Pathways Initiative include:
- Expand culturally relevant student services to span from high school through college.
- Increase college and career readiness of American Indian students.
- Provide native language and supplemental academic programming at Saint Paul College.
- Increase student success as measured by enrollment and retention.
- Contribute to decreasing the achievement gap of American Indian students in Minnesota.
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