TCC Awarded Grant to Launch Program in Wakulla County

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 9, 2012) – The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has awarded $670,110 to Tallahassee Community College (TCC) to support a 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Program that will serve Wakulla County students.

The grant project will be a collaborative effort between TCC, Wakulla Christian School (WCS), Wakulla County Schools, Communities in Schools of Florida and local organizations. The program will be based at Wakulla Christian School and will serve students enrolled at eight elementary and middle schools throughout Wakulla County – Crawfordville Elementary, Medart Elementary, Riversink Elementary, Shadeville Elementary, Wakulla Coast Charter, Riversprings Middle, Wakulla Middle and Wakulla Christian School.

The 21st CCLC program will play a critically important role in changing the lives of at-risk students by preparing students to succeed at their schools and beyond,” said TCC President Jim Murdaugh. “TCC is pleased to collaborate on this project with Wakulla Christian School, the Wakulla County Schools and other valued partners. The Florida Department of Education’s generous award will enable our partnership to provide academic services of the highest quality to improve student achievement.”

The new project will build on TCC’s extensive experience in providing after-school academic enrichment activities through 21st CCLC programs in Gadsden and Jefferson counties. Like its predecessors, the Wakulla County project will aim to increase students’ academic performance, increase awareness of healthy behaviors and increase family involvement of adult caregivers. The Wakulla Christian School site will deliver services for 140 students in pre-k through eighth grade during afterschool, weekends, holidays and summer.

The project will be led by Bonnie Holub, Director of the TCC Wakulla Center.

Although TCC will receive $670,110 for the 2012-13 academic year, the FDOE award is renewable annually for a five-project performance period with maximum total funding of $2,948,484.

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