COSTA MESA : Orange Coast Youth Program Seeks Funds

The coffers for the College for Kids program at Orange Coast College are just about bare. Only $1,000 has been raised this school year, compared with $4,500 generated last year.

The 12-year program has been a success among parents who want their children to have exposure to a college atmosphere.

"It's for the youngsters who really want to learn," said George Blanc, dean of community services for the college. "It's not only for the bright kids but for the average youngster who wants to improve himself or herself."

Under the program, students take summer or winter classes at their skill level--whether it's studying computers, enrolling in marine science classes or learning how to develop better study habits. Some classes take place on the college campus, while others take place on the various schools in Orange County where students are interested.

But Blanc reports that more parents are asking for financial assistance than in years past to pay for the $29-to-$198 classes. He said he has not been able to raise as much scholarship money as he did last year.

He said he plans to ask chambers of commerce across the county, the Kiwanis and private businesses for donations, but he thinks he will need extra help this year.

Those eligible for the scholarship money must be from a low-income or migrant family, he said.

For more information, call Blanc at (714) 432-5880.

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