OCTOBER 15, 2003

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High school students to see benefits of $100,000 grant

Students at a number of metro area high schools will receive the encouragement they need to stay in school, thanks to a $103,653 grant for the Rose State College GEAR UP Program. The college has been funded for the fifth year of a five-year grant through the Oklahoma City Public Schools. Rose State GEAR UP staff will inform students of career opportunities and availability of financial aid and scholarships for attending postsecondary education. In addition, support services will improve reading, writing and math skills through tutoring and special classes, promote self-esteem and confidence, enhance cultural and multicultural experiences and promote development of social and study skills to be successful in high school and college.

"One very special part of the program that was developed last year is 'Explore the World of Tinker Air Force Base' where students tour TAFB and learn about the military and civilian jobs available through the Base," said Susan Loveless, RSC Foundation director. "They have also developed a job shadowing component that will be implemented this year at Tinker."

For more information, contact Vicki Patterson at 1-405-733-7458.