New out-of-school program will build college & career readiness
GEF collaborated with the Gloucester Public School District over the past year on a submission to the state’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program. We were therefore delighted when recently notified that our efforts were successful. Gloucester is one of only nine submitters awarded funding through this new program. The district will receive $145,000 in the first year to establish a program at Gloucester High School. Funding is likely to be renewed for two additional years.
CCLC is a federal grant program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Its purpose is to establish or expand community learning centers that operate during out-of-school hours and provide students with academic enrichment and other activities designed to complement the students’ school day learning. The program includes a strong college and career readiness focus and includes a service-learning component, where students will engage in community service, and encourages involvement of parents and families.
The Gloucester program, which will begin late this Fall and Winter, will offer programs in a range of areas four days after school and will include an eight-week summer program offering students an array of skill-building and other enrichment opportunities. All programs will be offered at no cost to students and families.