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August 12, 2019

Higher ed consortium receives $200k grant

Photo | The Hartford Consortium for Higher Education

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving awarded a $200,000 grant to the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education to support its program to guide high school students to college.

The $200,000, which will go toward the Hartford Consortium’s Career Beginnings program, will be paid over two years, a statement from the Hartford Foundation said. The money will be used to increase participation in Career Beginnings, which targets students who are not college-bound, and encourages them to change their trajectory for academics and careers.

“We all have a vested interest in ensuring that all our young people have equitable access to post-secondary opportunities,” Hartford Consortium executive director Martin Estey said in a statement. “Our region absolutely depends upon fostering the talent we have here.”

Career Beginnings is active at 11 high schools in Hartford, Bloomfield, Manchester and East Hartford, the statement said. Services offered include workshops on the college admission paperwork process, one-on-one advising from staff, college visits and counseling, and volunteer mentors who work with students through their first year of college. 

In a statement, Hartford Foundation senior community investments officer Michael Wotorson said the Foundation shares common interest with the Hartford Consortium.

“The Hartford Foundation is focused on investing in efforts to reduce barriers to employment for low-income and low-skilled residents as well as eliminating barriers to student progress in schools,” Wotorson said.

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