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Grant Helps Remove Financial Barriers for GED Students

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$7,400 award from the Cow Creek Foundation will help reduce out-of-pocket costs for tuition and testing.

ROSEBURG, Oregon – The Adult Basic Skills (ABS) program at Umpqua Community College (UCC) has been selected to receive a generous grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation (CUUIF). The $7,400 grant will help support students who are seeking a General Education Diploma (GED). The award will be used to help reduce the out-of-pocket costs for GED course tuition, practice tests, and testing fees for up to 100 of the nearly 400 students that will be served this year.

On average, it costs a student up to $196 to complete their GED courses and pass their tests. Many students struggle to meet this expense.

  • 68% of UCC’s GED students are unemployed or under-employed
  • 44% receive public assistance

For the past two years, the ABS program has produced the highest number of GED graduates in the state. The average is 14%. UCC more than doubled that average this past academic year with a 34% completion rate.

“In order to maintain this type of success in our community, our students need supporters who can help remove financial barriers,” Monique Reinwald, UCC’s Assessment and Tracking Coordinator, said. “We are so grateful for the Cow Creek Foundation for seeing the value in financially investing in these students.”

An award presentation ceremony will be held at Seven Feathers on Wednesday, June 26, at 10 a.m.

About Umpqua Community College

Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.


Monique ReinwaldContact
Assessment and Tracking Coordinator, Adult Basic Skills
Phone: 541-440-7801

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