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Since its inception, the Iowa West Foundation's grant program has awarded more than $300 million to improve the quality of life in our region. These stories highlight some of these grants and show the impact they make on our community.

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College Access Program Helps Students Chart a Path to Higher Education

February 19, 2014

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The College Access Program (CAP) was established in 2009 with an initial $4.4 million commitment from the Iowa West Foundation. In 2103, the first group of students to complete the program graduated, with 100 percent of students moving on to further their education.

Each year 25 students are identified in eighth grade to participate in CAP throughout their high school years. This timing helps ensure that CAP students make a successful transition into high school and on to college. The program includes components such as assistance with financial aid, college placement test preparation, campus visits, and academic planning.

The program is for four years, and is available for students attending Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln High School and Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson High School. It is administered by the AIM Institute. For more information, contact a counselor at those two schools.


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