DULUTH -

A five-year, $1.12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, will allow community members who qualify in St. Louis, Douglas, Carlton Counties will have free access to services designed to help them reach a better life through college training and education.

It was announced that 143 college and organizations in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, were awarded $48 million in grants. All this is under the Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) program, which is aimed at promoting college readiness for more than 196,000 adults.

Lake Superior College is the only college in northern Minnesota to receive this funding and is the only institution in the seven-state region to receive federal funding to establish new EOC's.

The grants will provide readily accessible college guidance to adults who may not otherwise quickly decipher the steps needed for college admissions and continued success through graduation. 

Participants must be 19 years or older, a U.S. citizen, meet income requirements, and be a resident of St. Louis, Carlton, or Douglas Counties. Individuals will be connected to tutors, mentors, and counselors for guidance on admission, financial aid, and postsecondary course selection.