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      Delta County organizations help kids prepare for college

      Delta County schools, businesses, and organizations are partnering together to launch a program to boost college participation and completion in the county.

      It's a community initiative called the Delta County College Access Network. The aim is to help fifth, eighth, and tenth graders become more college ready.

      Bay College President Doctor Laura Coleman said only 17.1 percent of Delta County residents 25 years or older have bachelor's degrees. The plan is to increase that number to 62 by 2025.

      "There's really a lot of ramifications on this," said Coleman, "and we, as a community, need to really go after this really hard. It also makes a difference that when businesses look at our community and they want to come here. Do you have an educated workforce? And we need to be able to say, yes we do."

      Officials are working on a startup $50,000 grant. They're hoping to launch the initiative next year.

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