Students at Hamilton County High School will have an even better chance of getting into and succeeding in college thanks to a $70,000 grant awarded to North Florida Community College.

NFCC is one of seven community colleges in Florida to receive a College Board Expanded Opportunity Grant that will help ensure future college success of underrepresented high school students including students from low income families, first generation college students and students with grade point averages of 2.5 or lower and/or an FCAT score of 1 or 2.

A special grant counselor will work with staff at area high schools to boost existing efforts to reach potential college students and groom them for the college education experience.

The grant will help improve curriculum for FCAT preparation; increase awareness of college readiness and access; increase parent involvement in college preparation; increase the number of college prep classes; and provide SAT and CPT preparation opportunities.

"This grant will support the efforts of local high schools to improve performance and guide underrepresented students into college," said Nancy McClellan, NFCC Student Support Services director. "NFCC staff will work closely with school principals and teachers to improve the opportunities available for these students."

According to McClellan, the grant project will begin in June as soon as the coordinator is hired and school contacts are brought on board.

For more information, contact Nancy McClellan at (850) 973-1661 or email

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