GO College Program Receives Grant

Posted: December 22, 2015

Gannon University's Gaining Options for College (GO College) program received a $250,000 grant from the Erie Community Foundation and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority in November.

The grant will support Go College's efforts over the next two years to mentor nearly 500 students at Erie's Strong Vincent and East high schools to explore careers, apply to college and find financial aid.

GO College, a collaborative venture of the Erie School District, Gannon University and the GE Foundation, is a national data-driven initiative that brings communities together to increase college access and success through academic enrichment, college exposure and service-learning. Gannon's participation on the GO College program, which is coordinated by the Washington, D.C.-based Council for Opportunity in Education, is facilitated by the University's Erie-Gannon Alliance to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability (Erie-GAINS) initiative.

Since 2013, 221 participants in the Go College program, 90 percent of its participants, have been accepted to 30 post-secondary schools while others have joined the military.

"We are changing the culture and the way students think about their futures by valuing and pursuing their options after high school, which ultimately impacts the entire community," said Barbara Priestap, Go College of Gannon's Go College director.

Go College was one of four successful grant applicants chosen from an initial pool of 21 applicants in January.