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FULTON • A $40,000 grant from the Woodward Hines Education Foundation will be used for a minority male success program at Itawamba Community College’s Fulton campus, the college announced on Tuesday.

The Minority Achievement Network for Upward Progression (MAN UP) will work to foster academic success, leadership skills and promote professional and personal development among minority male students, recruitment coordinator and advisor Dr. Emily Tucker said.

“We envision that the structured academic support services, workshops and positive interactions with professional minority male role models to students will result in real life transformation, both in the classroom and outside of the academic environment,” Tucker said.

Tucker and ICC director of admissions and registrar Dr. Bobby Solomon saw the need for the program on campus and submitted the grant application. It was approved with funds for the fall and spring semesters.

MAN UP began this semester and will include homework assistance and tutoring services for two hours each week, life skills education training and workshops/mentoring sessions for freshmen and sophomore students.

Tucker hopes at least 10% of the minority male population at ICC will get involved and attend program sessions and activities.

“Through the generosity of the Woodward Hines Foundation, the Minority Male Success program will make a meaningful difference in the lives of many students in our service area as well as the economy of our state by helping to increase the number of graduates from Itawamba Community College,” ICC president Dr. Jay Allen said.

Participants who successfully complete the program, including workshops and tutoring sessions each semester will receive book vouchers, Tucker said.

Fifteen students attended the program’s first workshop on successful study strategies last week and a total of 36 have signed up for the program so far.

The MAN UP program will hopefully lead to an increase in the retention of minority males from semester to semester, along with an increase in grade point average, credit hours completed and ultimately an increase in graduation rate, Tucker said.

blake.alsup@journalinc.com

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