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Hagerstown Wins Grant To Open College-Prep Program

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Hagerstown Community College has won a $1.25 million federal grant to start a college-prep program to help Washington County students who will be among the first in their families to attend college.

The five-year grant will fund an Upward Bound program next school year for about 70 students each year. It will provide after-school tutoring and Saturday workshops to help students with study skills and career planning.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports the program will target students at Hancock, North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown and Williamsport high schools. One teacher from each school will serve as a part-time coach for the Upward Bound program.

The college will hire two people to help run the program.

Officials hope to send invitations to students to apply this summer.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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