MCC Holds College Reach-Out Program Awards Ceremony

(Bradenton, Fla., June 3, 2009)  - Graduating seniors from area high schools and other students in Manatee Community College's (MCC) College Reach-Out Program (CROP) were honored May 19 at the 11th Annual CROP Awards Ceremony held at MCC Bradenton. 

Dr. Jack Crocker, vice president of academic quality and success, gave welcoming remarks and students were presented with certificates, scholarships, special achievement awards and gift bags. Other participants in the ceremony included Kristen L. Anderson, CROP's program director, Sheila McCants, MCC counselor, TomaVs Carrillo, CROP multicultural specialist and CROP site coordinators from participating schools.
CROP, a statewide program funded through a grant from the Florida Department of Education, is designed to increase the number of students who successfully complete postsecondary education.  MCC's school-based CROP program assists targeted students by providing motivational and educational activities to keep them on a college-bound track.
Students honored as "CROP Student of the Year" for their school included Natalia Purvis (Booker Middle School); Kiara Robinson (Bayshore High School); Gilberto Parada (Booker High School); Rubi Rodriquez (Central High School); Brianna Simms (Manatee High School); Jalissa Rasbin (Palmetto High School); Shavondra Singleton (Riverview High School); and Ludger Denis (Southeast High School).
Forty-eight percent of this year's CROP seniors (29 of 60) will start college this month through the 2009 Summer Bridge Program at MCC. Students earned program scholarships for approximately $800. CROP graduates who attend MCC also are eligible to receive tuition and book scholarships.       

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