College Reach Out Program is a State of Florida grant-funded program designed to prepare middle and high school students to successfully pursue and complete a post-secondary education.
The College Reach Out Program was established by the Florida Legislature in 1983 in order to identify, motivate and prepare disadvantaged middle and high school students to complete post-secondary education. The program targets low income and future first-generation college students currently in grades 6 through 12. The program also motivates students to develop basic learning skills, strengthen parent and student understanding of the benefits of postsecondary education, and foster personal and career development through supplemental instruction.
The College Reach Out Program is funded by grants from the Florida Department of Education, the Collier County School District, private donors, and Florida Gulf Coast University. There is NO charge to qualified students and their families to participate in the College Reach Out Program.
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Each College Reach Out Program is led by a teacher or staff member who meets with the participants weekly, supporting them academically, recording their program and school-related activities, progress, and encouraging them to reach toward high school graduation and a post-secondary education. The FGCU College Reach Out Program supports numerous educational activities each academic school year including the following: