College Ready Grant Recipients 2013-2014

Great Lakes is pleased to partner with the following organizations that are actively preparing more students to enroll and succeed in college-level courses.

"The time, attention, tutoring, and skill-building activities that these programs provide...give students expanded optons for college, and increased opportunities for lifelong success."

- Richard D. George, President & Chief Executive Officer, Great Lakes


Alverno College

Milwaukee, Wis.

Girls Advanced Academy in Science and Mathematics

Helping 38 high school juniors from underserved backgrounds pursue science, technology, engineering, and math majors using the study of beauty.

$72,608

Beloit College

Beloit, Wis.

ACT Ready

Using online curriculum, weekly lab and tutor time, and monthly workshops to improve the ACT scores of 40 11th and 12th grade students in Beloit.

$34,092

Boys & Girls Club of Dane County

Madison, Wis.

College Club

Providing rigorous weekly tutoring to increase GPAs and prepare 190 middle school students for success in college.

$300,000

Boys & Girls Club of Dane County

Madison, Wis.

Teens of Promise (TOPS)

Providing 625 Madison high school students with twice-weekly tutoring, placement in rigorous coursework, exposure to guest speakers, and at least 20 college tours.

$225,000

Boys & Girls Club of Dane County

Madison, Wis.

Verona High School College Club

Raising GPAs for 100 high school students through twice-weekly tutoring with certified teachers, and providing ACT preparation and other college readiness activities.

$120,000

Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc.

Monticello, Minn.

Academic Improvement Matters (AIM)

Increasing math and English skills of 105 high school students from low-income backgrounds through a minimum of 50 hours of tutoring and an online, customized curriculum.

$126,644

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Chippewa Valley Technical College

Eau Claire, Wis.

Collaboration for Achieving Postsecondary Success (CAPS)

Providing 24 Eau Claire 11th graders with a dual credit math course, team-taught by a college instructor and high school teacher, that allows students to test into college-level math when complete.

$35,213

College of Saint Benedict

St. Joseph, Minn.

Upward Bound

Helping 30 sophomore and junior students increase their ACT scores by adding services to the existing Upward Bound program.

$7,133

College Possible Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wis.

Academic Readiness & College Preparation

Enabling 375 high school juniors from low-income backgrounds at 10 partner high schools to increase their ACT scores and have more college options.

$300,000

College Possible Twin Cities

St. Paul, Minn.

Providing services to increase the ACT scores of 800 high school juniors from low-income backgrounds at 19 partner high schools.

$300,000

Community Action Center of Northfield

Northfield, Minn.

Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH)

Encouraging and supporting 455 6th through 12th graders as they take rigorous classes. Students improve GPAs through individual academic counseling and targeted tutoring throughout the academic year.

$126,345

Edgewood College

Madison, Wis.

Committed to College

Providing 12 8th through 10th grade students with one-on-one tutoring once per week. Tutors incorporate college readiness tips that they learn through a paired course at Edgewood College.

$10,310

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Edgewood College

Madison, Wis.

LEAP 2 College

Providing 15 middle school students with intentional academic skill-building, tutoring, and other activities twice each week. College mentors guide students through activities on campus throughout the academic year.

$29,984

Forward Service Corporation

Madison, Wis.

Upward Bound Summer College Preparation Course and Academic Year Tutoring

Preparing high school students academically for college, improving their GPAs, and reducing the likelihood that they will need to take a remedial course through summer and academic-year programs.

$137,756

Hibbing Community College

Hibbing, Minn.

Climb Upward Bound

Enabling 40 high school students to improve GPAs, graduate high school, and enroll in college through tutoring and supplemental instruction services.

$50,000

Mid-State Technical College

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Pre-College Project

Offering on-campus college writing and math classes, study time, and a case manager to prepare 80 high school juniors and seniors for the rigors of college.

$111,076

Neighborhood House

St. Paul, Minn.

Adult College Readiness Classes

Providing 20 adult students with instruction four nights per week to prepare them for the challenges of college-level work.

$26,500

Normandale Community College

Bloomington, Minn.

Normandale Upward Bound

Teaching 28 10th through12th graders an ACT curriculum during a summer camp and in weekly sessions throughout the academic year.

$23,175

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Pathways to College, Inc.

Milwaukee, Wis.

Pathways Precollege

Offering after-school tutoring in core subjects, Saturday skill-building workshops, leadership training, and an intensive three-week summer program to 180 Milwaukee middle school students.

$171,800

Regents of the University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minn.

The ACT/SAT Review Program

Increasing the content knowledge of 180 high school students through a 10-week ACT review on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, taught by university faculty.

$21,721

Saint Paul College

St. Paul, Minn.

Below the Midpoint

Increasing the academic preparedness of 50 underperforming 10th graders through 32 weeks of skills-enhancing work in math and reading.

$125,000

South Central College

North Mankato, Minn.

Precollege Bridge Program

Providing an eight-week, online, pre-enrollment program to increase academic skills for 200 future South Central College students who have been identified as needing to take remedial classes.

$146,025

St. Norbert College

De Pere, Wis.

Start Right

Increasing the language arts and English scores of 40 9th and 10th grade students at Oneida Nation High School with the help of student tutors from St. Norbert College. Tutors attend a language arts class once a week and work with students after school twice a week.

$81,565

University of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn.

Prepare2Nspire

Improving the math scores of 135 8th and 11th grade students through a cascading tutoring program. University of Minnesota undergraduates provide weekly tutoring to 11th grade students who then prepare a lesson to be taught to 8th grade students each Saturday.

$297,192

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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Eau Claire, Wis.

Blugold Beginnings Precollege Youth Mentoring Program

Expanding Blugold Beginnings to provide weekly academic tutoring and college access information to raise the GPAs of an additional 180 6th through 12th graders in Eau Claire.

$294,341

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wis.

UW Odyssey Project

Offering workshops and tutoring to increase reading and writing scores for 30 adult learners in Madison.

$66,099

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wis.

Upward Bound

Providing 115 high school students with services including a year-round program of after-school tutoring, monthly parent/student workshops, academic advising, and educational field trips, as well as a six-week summer program with intensive instruction, tutoring, advising, and college visits.

$198,103

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie, Wis.

Early Bridge Future Educator Learning Community

Improving writing skills in preparation for college through a two-week program serving 16 traditionally underrepresented rising college freshmen enrolled or interested in the field of education.

$9,819

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie, Wis.

TEACH Precollege

Providing 20 9th through 12th grade students with a two-week summer residential program to increase math, English composition, and leadership skills while exploring careers in education.

$29,247

University of Wisconsin - Superior

Superior, Wis.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness in Superior (GEARS)

Partnering with the School District of Superior to provide weekly supplemental academic instruction to increase the cumulative GPA of 100 6th through 12th grade students.

$134,085

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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Whitewater, Wis.

Academic Excellence

Serving 100 Wisconsin high school students through targeted academic advising, tutoring, programming, and a sequential curriculum during the school year and across a six-week summer residential program.

$216,901

Urban League of Greater Madison

Madison, Wis.

Urban League Scholars Academy

Providing 120 6th and 7th grade students with after-school language arts and math instruction from certified instructors, and the opportunity to conduct weekly science experiments with college students.

$179,300

Vera Court Neighborhood Center

Madison, Wis.

Rise

Increasing academic skills through twice-weekly small groups and once-weekly in-school help, as needed, for 30 6th through 9th grade students.

$37,642

YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minn.

YMCA Beacons School Success

Providing academic enrichment and leadership skills activities 4 to 5 days a week to 330 Minneapolis Public Schools 8th through 12th grade students.

$80,000

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