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WVC Foundation receives $12,171 grant from Numerica Charitable Fund

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The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation received $12,171 from the Numerica Charitable Fund to support the WVC Bridge program. The new program is designed to help Adult Basic Education (ABE) students without their high school credentials get access to financial aid so that they can transition into higher education programs, including trade programs, two- and four-year degrees. The WVC Bridge program began summer quarter 2023.

If a student does not have high school credentials (a diploma or GED), they are not eligible for financial aid support through federal aid (FAFSA) or state aid (WASFA). However, if they complete six college credits, then they can claim Ability to Benefit (ATB), a federal classification that gives them access to financial aid to continue their education.

“These students are in a financial aid desert,” said Rachel Evey, WVC Foundation executive director. “With funding from the Numerica Charitable Fund to support WVC Bridge, WVC can cover college-related expenses for ABE students to successfully transition into higher education programs. We are excited to serve these students directly and share their success with the community.”

Numerica Charitable Fund annual grants are awarded to organizations that foster education, support women and children and work to end hunger and homelessness. “Numerica is proud to support organizations that show up for our most vulnerable community members when times are tough,” said Carla Cicero, Numerica Credit Union president and CEO. “Our annual grant program is just another way we show our commitment to enhancing lives, fulfilling dreams, and building communities.”

Of 564 WVC students enrolled in Adult Basic Education who were surveyed, 52% reported having a family income below the 70% lower-living income standard for Washington, according to ABE faculty Julie Fitch. Learn more about ABE at WVC at wvc.edu/TransitionalStudies.

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