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Published April 28 2012

Southeast Education Cooperative in Fargo among four awarded Succeed 2020 grants

BISMARCK – The Southeast Education Cooperative based in Fargo is among four of the state’s Regional Education Associations that have been awarded the first Succeed 2020 grants.

The grants are part of an effort to help students become better prepared for college and careers.

The REAs will each receive up to $500,000 for the first year of implementing Succeed 2020 programs focused on career and college counseling, rigorous academic and career and technical education, and support services for students.

Hess Corp., a global energy company, donated more than $25 million to implement Succeed 2020.

“Hess Corporation’s donation gives us a great opportunity to improve the quality of education for our students and to better prepare them for both college and the workplace,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. “We want all of our students to have a successful transition from school to college and the workplace.”

Dalrymple and Hess Corp. worked to create Succeed 2020 for more than a year. The project is designed for middle and high school students, beginning with this year’s fifth graders, to help them become better prepared to attain their college and career goals.

Goals of Succeed 2020 include: increasing ACT scores, decreasing developmental or remedial education, and increasing the number of students completing high school and college on time.