LA GRANDE — A program designed to help recruit and retain rural students at Eastern Oregon University is getting a boost.

Oregon U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced last week that roughly $1.2 million in grant money will go to Eastern to power a new program called Achieving Careers for Rural Oregon Student Success, or ACROSS. The program’s goal is to increase outreach to schools in the region and provide courses that allow students to earn credits for high school and college at the same time.

— Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter Meerah Powell contributed to this report.

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