Federal funds to save 262 North Country teaching jobs, Owens says; Clarkson, SUNY each get more than $1 million
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 9:14 am

Millions of dollars are going to North Country colleges including SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University, under the U.S. Department of Education's Student Support Service Program.

Clarkson University will receive $1.3 million and SUNY Potsdam will receive $1.4 million over five years, Congressman Bill Owens' office says.

Meanwhile the Education Jobs Fund, signed into law by President Obama, will provide $19 million to schools in the 23rd Congressional District, saving 262 teaching jobs, acccording to Owens.

"This funding will allow several local institutions of higher learning to continue their contributions to the community and prepare their students for the professional world and technological workforce." said Owens of the Education Department plan.

Services in that program include instruction in basic study skills; tutorial services; academic counseling; assistance in securing financial aid or admission in four-year institutions or graduate programs; guidance on career options; mentoring and special services for students with limited English proficiency; and grant aid.