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Columbia Basin College Awarded $3 Million Grant

PASCO, Wash.- Programs at Columbia Basin College will be expanded after the school was awarded a landmark $3 million dollar grant.

The Department of Education grant is one of only 17 individual grants given out this year.

It's part of a program supporting schools with a largely minority population, like CBC.

Though originally aimed at new programs for Hispanic students, it can be used for any purpose, and CBC plans on using the money to build a new, 5,000 square foot academic center that will support the entire CBC community.

"Much more of an academic support center so that all students will feel inclined to use it instead of the students who are primarily having difficulties in class right now," said Maddy Jeffs, Vice President for Student Services at CBC. 

New federal guidelines allow the school to use the grant to help all students instead of just a target population.

Maddy Jeffs says many schools don't have this luxury.

CBC will receive about $600,000 a year over the next five years.