- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Parents of current eighth and ninth grade students in Birmingham city schools are now eligible to go to an Alabama community college for free.

The Birmingham News reports (https://bit.ly/2f7ewSa) the tuition waiver is made possible through GEAR UP Birmingham’s partnership with the Alabama Community College Association.

GEAR UP Birmingham, a college readiness program for at-risk students, was created in 2014 through a $19.6 million federal grant. The program follows the same students from sixth and seventh grade through high school graduation.

GEAR UP Birmingham project director Donna Turner says the opportunity will not only positively impact the parent but the student as well. She says it’s important for GEAR UP Birmingham to do everything that it can to create a college-going atmosphere for students.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, https://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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