The city extends its help to seniors with diplomas and those who need credits

The Columbus City Council is using money from its $187 million allocation of American Rescue Plan Act federal funds to help fund programs to help the city's high school students graduate and prepare for college. college or a job.

The Columbus City Council awarded a local nonprofit group $5.86 million in federal COVID relief funds last June to provide programs to help the city’s high school students earn the credits needed to graduate. degree, prepare for college or employment, and provide youth employment programs.

But the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio (WDBCO) was only able to spend $1.35 million last summer, or 23%, so the city council voted Monday night to amend and extend the agreement so to give more time to the organization. WDBCO will continue to contract with I Know I Can, a nonprofit organization that focuses on college access for students in Columbus City schools, to administer the initiative.

“This order is a continuation,” said Pro Tem Council President Elizabeth Brown. “…As such, an expansion of these funds will provide credit recovery opportunities for juniors and up to 403 seniors at Columbus City schools who are at risk of not being able to graduate this year,” as well as opportunities for employment for graduate students.

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