A five-year $1.12 million grant from the U.S. Deptartment of Education will provide community members in St. Louis, Douglas and Carlton Counties free access to services designed to help them reach a better life through college training and education.

Lake Superior College is the only college in northern Minnesota to receive this funding and is the only institution in the seven-state region to receive federal funding to establish new Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC).

Regional EOC services are anticipated to be available in November.

“Recent workforce projections estimate that nearly 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require education and training beyond high school,” said LSC President Patrick Johns. “We hope to serve approximately 1,000 individuals with this grant by providing services and guidance to help them access college education and job training resources.”

The director of the EOC will be based at Lake Superior College and will coordinate all activities. LSC will employ additional EOC personnel to be located in the Virginia and Duluth Workforce Centers.