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(Reprint from ReMARCs, by Marc H. Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League) 

 

The National Urban League and Corinthian Colleges Inc. this week announced a $1 million partnership to create the Urban Empowered College Bound Program, an education initiative that will help people who did not finish high school to earn a GED.
 
The Urban Empowered College Bound Program will enable National Urban League to strengthen and coordinate GED programs being offered by its local affiliates around the country.  Beginning July 1, the Corinthian grant also will enable National Urban League affiliates in Pittsburgh, PA and Orlando, FL to expand their successful GED programs to serve more than 200 students.
 
We at the National Urban League have focused our mission of economic empowerment on guiding young people toward the skills they need for career success in the 21st Century. Students who earn their GED have a better chance of completing postsecondary education, gaining full-time employment and earning higher salaries than those who do not. Corinthian has a long history of preparing students for careers in demand and of giving every student an equal opportunity to succeed.
 
Corinthian Chairman and CEO Jack Massimino said, “Both the National Urban League and Corinthian understand that education is the key to economic success and a better life.  For the 29 million Americans who don’t have a high school diploma, earning a GED is an essential first step.  Both our organizations help hundreds of people take that first step every year.  We’re proud to help the National Urban League do even more of this life-changing work.”
 
The Urban Empowered College Bound Program will be planned and overseen by the National Urban League, and managed and delivered by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and the Central Florida Urban League.  The affiliates will work closely with local Corinthian Colleges campuses to identify and enroll interested and qualified students.  The Program’s first classes are scheduled to begin in the summer of 2012.

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