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Two Bereans Increase Access to College

Dreama Gentry, GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness for Undergraduate Programs) director, and Bryan Erslan, student financial aid director, have been named to the founding board of directors of the newly formed Kentucky College Access Network (KCAN).

According to a report given by KCAN in April, Kentucky currently ranks 48th in degree attainment, with only 21 percent of Kentuckians over 25 with bachelor degrees. The network will work to “speak with one loud voice raising awareness of the need and value of postsecondary education,” says Gentry. They will do this by coordinating current programs and supporting creation of new programs that encourage college enrollment for all citizens, especially those who are underrepresented on campuses.

Erslan got involved with KCAN as president of Kentucky Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Gentry is excited about the new opportunities. “It is important that the Berea College GEAR UP staff network with others that are doing college access work.” GEAR UP also participates in the National College Access Network (NCAN), which allows Gentry to keep updated informed on national efforts. She will be a presenter at NCAN’s national conference this fall.

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