OXFORD – The Adult Education Program in the Oxford Hills School District has received a one-year $30,000 grant to increase its services to help people transition into college.

Program co-directors Jane Courcy and Judy Green said Tuesday that they plan on using the money for overall improvements such as new computers, new staff and additional programming.

“It will help us get into a position where we can work with students more effectively,” Green said.

The program helps adults get ready to go to college, whether they are recent high school graduates or 30 years out of school. It offers a variety of programs, from additional course work to help with the application process. They also offer literacy programs for adults who need help reading, Green said.

There are about 1,000 participants in the program at a variety of different levels, Green said.

The computers in the learning center are old, Green said, which makes it difficult for people writing college essays and doing research on schools. They will use the grant money to replace them.

With the grant money they will be able to hire personnel to help the adults with the college application process

“Some of them don’t even know anyone who went to college,” Green said.

They also will use the funds to bring in panels of adults who went back to college and arrange visits to area colleges.

The funds came from the Maine Compact for Higher Education, Courcy said. The district was one of six to get grant money.

“We’re trying to increase the number of people who go on to post-secondary education,” Green said.

Classes are offered at the high school at night. With the money, they also hope to expand their offerings of programs during the day at different sites.

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