The grant, from Alabama Access for Higher Education, will enable students from Dora to visit colleges, have access to mentoring programs and learn about networking opportunities. The students will also have the opportunity to tour manufacturing plants such as Mercedes Benz, Bud’s Best Cookies and Golden Flake.
“We’re going to use it to give our students post-secondary awareness opportunities,” Principal Cathy James said. “This money will be spent on the students.”
James and the students and faculty at the school held a special program Friday afternoon to announce the grant award to the students. The faculty and staff donned shirts that read “Get on the Bulldog Bus.”
The program also featured the bulldog mascot dressed in a Santa costume, and the cheerleaders, students and student groups entertained the crowd.
According to James, research shows that only 25 percent of high school students from rural schools like Dora go to college and complete a degree. This grant is aimed at increasing that number by giving the students more options and alerting them to all the college programs and campuses that are available to them.