New program looks to connect low-income and first generation students with resources

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids is starting a new program to help low-income and first generation first-year students get through college called Project Connect.

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Thirty-five students will attend a four week summer program to get more acquainted with campus. Then, throughout the school year, the students will meet with mentors who'll help them keep up with their studies.

Director of the Academic Center for Excellence Barb Miller says the Project Connect name is fitting for what the program does for students.

"It's truly to help them to connect - to connect with the resources, to connect with the faculty, the staff, student mentors, the community. [It's] to get them to feel comfortable and aware of what they have here at Mount Mercy and in the Cedar Rapids areas," Miller said.

She said the program is still in the planning stages, so it won't start until next summer.

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