North Hennepin college readiness program gets grant

The North Hennepin Community College Foundation recently received a $7,500 grant from the Beim Foundation in support of the college’s Cornerstones program.

Cornerstones is a college preparation program for underrepresented junior high and high school students. The program prepares students with the skills they need for college by providing after-school tutoring, Saturday workshops and summer programs.

The program seeks to focus not only on academics but also social and emotional elements, as well as leadership initiatives. It has been shown to increase high school retention, college enrollment and success, awareness of other post-secondary resources and knowledge of career opportunities.

"Low-income students, students of color, and first-generation college students are historically underrepresented in postsecondary education," said Mary Diedrich, dean of student success for the college. "With this program, we target our resources to help promote access to postsecondary education for these segments of our population."

The Beim Foundation honors its founder, Nels Beim, for his emphasis on education.