Written by Kate Harner
"Now more than ever, it is critical that as a nation, we work together to make college access and success a reality for all students, including those from low-income backgrounds," said College Board President Gaston Caperton. "The CollegeKeys Compact Innovation Awards program was established to recognize institutions and agencies that are leading this charge and to highlight promising practices from across the country."
The Dual Enrollment Initiative is a program created in 2007 by Eastern, Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) and
Now in its second year, the program emphasizes a mentoring plan for each student in order to help the students adjust. If participating students achieve academic success within their first semester, they enroll at Eastern as full-time students in their second semester with the goal of graduating with a college degree.
The CollegeKeys Compact Innovation Awards recognize programs and practices designed to help find solutions for low-income students trying to attend and graduate college. Categories include "Getting Ready," "Getting In" and "Getting Through." All 18 recipients received $5,000 to expand or maintain their programs.