BMCC receives FIPSE Grant

Press Release Date: 

Blue Mountain Community College,

Date: August 24, 2010
Contact:  Karen L. Hill, Public Relations, 541-278-5933 or 541-379-2753

Project Director Dr. Harvey Franklin, 541-278-5774,




U.S. Department of Education Awards Noncompetitive Congressionally-directed Grant to Blue Mountain Community College to

Promote Successful Transition to College among Disadvantaged Populations


The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $100,000 grant to Blue Mountain Community College to promote successful transition to college among disadvantaged populations of west Umatilla and north Morrow counties. One hundred percent of federal funds will be used to run the project.

According to BMCC President John Turner, increasing educational attainment for the residents of this area is critically important to improving both the economy and the quality of life for the region. The region is economically distressed, and both counties have high percentages of the adult population who did not complete high school: 26% in Morrow County and 22% in Umatilla County.

BMCC is working in partnership with Eastern Oregon University, local human service agencies, and workforce development agencies to provide services and programs that will help a minimum of 100 high school students make a successful transition to college within two years of their 2010-2011 graduation. In addition, the project will engage 75 adult students enrolled in college preparatory programs in college awareness activities and will conduct college awareness forums for K-12 students, their parents, and community members.

Project activities will be funded through June 30, 2011. The project director is Dr. Harvey Franklin, associate vice-president of enrollment management.