TCC Receives $1.2 Million Award for 21st Century Community Learning Center at Shanks Middle School in Quincy

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

Tallahassee Community College Press Release:


The Florida Department of Education has awarded $1,275,600 to Tallahassee Community College in order to establish a 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) at James A. Shanks Middle School in Quincy to improve student success.

The five-year project seeks to raise achievement levels of low-income students through research-based enrichment programs operated outside of the school day. The initiative will be implemented through a partnership with Gadsden County Schools, Communities In Schools (CIS), the Gadsden Arts Center, AmeriCorps, TCC and other community partners.

“This award is great news for students and demonstrates TCC’s strong commitment to help prepare secondary students to succeed in college and the workforce,” said TCC President Bill Law.

Sharon Jefferson, Vice President for Student Affairs, whose division will manage the program, said the funding “will provide vital support for students who need it the most and can be used for academic enrichment services such as tutoring in core subjects like reading and math."

The federally funded program supports centers that provide services during non-school hours for students, particularly those who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, as well as their families. By providing tutoring and other academic enrichment activities along with a broad array of youth development opportunities that complement their regular academic programs, these centers help students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as English language arts and math. In addition, literacy and other educational services are offered to families of students participating in the program.

Roger Milton, TCC Quincy House Manager, will serve as project director. He will be assisted by Dorothy Thomas, site coordinator and Juanita Ellis, principal at Shanks Middle School.

“These programs are invaluable,” Milton said. “Partnerships like these sometimes mean the difference for our students meeting their academic goals and going on to college.”

The award for Shanks will build on the outstanding success the partnership achieved last year at Quincy’s Stewart Street Elementary School. A 2009 external evaluation of the project’s first-year performance found that the Stewart Street program is one of the most successful 21st CCLCs in Florida.

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