Lake Michigan College has been awarded $3 million in federal grants to help students. LMC is the only Michigan community college selected by a U.S. Department of Education to receive the Title III Strengthening Institutions grant in this latest round of funding. The college tells us the grant is designed to help educational institutions improve outcomes for academically under-prepared and low-income students. Only seven colleges received the grant out of 103 institutions that applied nationwide this year.
LMC plans to use the money to support a new program called Guided Pathways. LMC Vice President of Academic Affairs Leslie Kellogg tells us Guided Pathways will help students enter college, stay on top of their courses, and transfer on to four-year institutions if they choose to do so. The program allows for tutoring and mentors to help students when they struggle. Some parts of Guided Pathways were developed through LMC’s Start to Finish program which serves Benton Harbor Promise Zone students.