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Continuing Education Grant Helps Adult Students REACH

Written by Arielle Cotoia

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Stan Beckford shows a presentation to his students in "Business Report Writing."

Willimantic, Conn. - The School of Continuing Education at Eastern Connecticut State University and the ECSU Foundation Inc. have received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut to fund scholarships for adult students from Southeastern Connecticut who wish to advance their education.

            Regional Education and Career Change (REACH) scholarships will be distributed by qualified adult students to allow them to complete academic credits at Eastern's Groton site.

            REACH scholarships are designed to assist individuals who may be unemployed as well as underemployed adults who are at risk of losing their jobs due to lack of credentials.

REACH release photo 2 student giving presentation.jpg           Urban Anthropology professor, Joan Greene (seated right) listens to a student's presentation.

 "The availability of financial aid for regional adult students is an essential part of the economic recovery of southeastern Connecticut," said Carol Williams, associate dean of the School of Continuing Education. "Retraining and credentialing the local workforce provides them with opportunities to advance their careers."

 "Southeastern Connecticut retains one of the highest unemployment rates in the state," said Williams. "As the state's only public liberal arts university, Eastern reached out to the Community Foundation as a partner to support these adults as they ready themselves for new employment opportunities as they arise."

            Since the early 1970s, Eastern has earned a reputation for serving adult students in

Connecticut by offering courses and programs at times and places convenient for working adults. Eastern offers flexible degree programs for adults through its Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree available on campus and at several off-campus locations. Eastern also offers a Credit for Lifelong Learning program that allows adults to earn credit for college-level learning acquired at work or through other life experiences. By capitalizing upon their prior experiences and learning adults can speed up the completion of a baccalaureate degree.

             Individuals who think they may qualify for a REACH Scholarship through the School of Continuing Education should call Gail Turner at Eastern's Groton site, (860) 446-9457.


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