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May 31, 2000

Contact: Tim Woodhull

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

California State University, Dominguez Hills, awarded state grant to help students improve college entrance rate and admission test scores

California State University, Dominguez Hills, has received a grant from the state Department of Education to help increase the number of students who qualify for college by preparing them more fully and improving their performance on admission tests.

Funded by Assembly Bill 1292, the four-year, $1.3 million grant for CSU Dominguez Hills is designed to bolster its regional partnerships with the Los Angeles Unified School District, El Camino College, and Los Angeles Harbor College to assist up to 300 students at Carson, Gardena, and Locke high schools.

"A lot of these students wouldn't otherwise have the opportunities to go on to college," said William R. Blischke, executive director, Southwest Los Angeles Preschool Through College Collaborative, which is based at the university. "This money will help provide the tools we need to help prepare them for college."

The program has several components, Blischke said. In addition to increasing college-going rates and improving admission test scores, it is designed to increase the number and percentage of students taking college-prep courses and boost the number and percentage taking advanced placement courses and exams.

"There was a time when it was possible to scrape by without a college education, "Blischke said. "That isn't true anymore. So, this funding and our work means more young people get a shot at the education they must obtain to build a solid future."

Further information can be obtained by contacting William R. Blischke, executive director, CSUDH Southwest Los Angeles Preschool Through College Collaborative, (310) 243-3180.

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