U.S. Dept. of Education awards SCC a $700,000 grant for at-risk students


As part of an effort to help more students complete their college education, Southwestern Community College has received $710,589 from a U.S. Department of Education “First in the World” grant.

The “First in the World” program aims to find solutions that will help alleviate persistent, widespread challenges that have prevented at-risk students from persisting in and completing college.

SCC was one of 10 partner colleges involved in a “Development Grant” that will implement an evaluated methodology for addressing student retention and graduation. One of only two such awards in the nation, the North Carolina effort was led by Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) in Sanford.

Altogether, the partnership yielded $9.2 million. Other partner schools are Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Carteret, Cleveland, Isothermal, Pamlico, Randolph and Roanoke Chowan Community Colleges as well as College of the Albemarle.