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BSC Receives $10K Grant to Help Adult Students Complete Journey to Graduation

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    Friday, November 15 2013
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College has received a $10,000 grant to launch a program focused upon helping adult learners graduate from college. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's (HEPC) statewide "Degree Now" program announced the award recently.

BSC's grant, titled the "Adult Scholars' Program," will identify and reach the target audience of adult learners who have earned at least 67 hours of college credit with at least a 2.5 grade point average. "The program will offer a foundational summer course that assists these adult learners' transition back into college, and strategies to create a sense of belonging and community with other adult learners who share the same challenges and dreams," noted Dr. Sarita Rhonemus, BSC's Director of Outreach Programs.

The proposal also addresses obstacles like financial challenges, lack of career goals, and strategies for handling multiple life responsibilities while attending college—primary factors cited by adult students as reasons for discontinuing their journey toward a college degree.

"College access and degree attainment are truly 'life changers' for the adult students we currently serve and for those we hope to serve," added Dr. Marsha Krotseng, BSC President. "The Adult Scholars' Program will expand the opportunity for these very deserving adult students to learn, graduate, and succeed. Thanks to this wonderful support from HEPC's "Degree Now," adult students will have access to additional resources at Bluefield State to help them successfully complete their college degree."

The Adult Scholars' Program will be launched at Bluefield State College during June 2014, and applications will be accepted during the Spring 2014 semester. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Rhonemus at 304-327-4096 or