Klamath Falls, Ore. – The deadline is quickly approaching for high school seniors to take advantage of tuition grants for Oregon community colleges.
The ‘Oregon Promise’ grants are open to this year’s graduating seniors, or those completing their G.E.D.
“They can start in the fall term at any community college in the state, and receive up to 90 credits of tuition free.” Notes Bill Jennings, Interim Vice-President of Student Affairs at Klamath Community College.
Jennings adds information on the Oregon Promise grants is available online. “It has information about you as a student, and then there’s also the second part of that – the federal financial aid form.”
Students must have lived in Oregon for at least 1 year, and have at least a 2.50 grade point average.
“We’re breaking down the barrier of the cost of education.” Claims Jennings. “So students can get here and not have to take a lot of money out of the pocket to start a college education.”
The Oregon Promise grants are funded through an act of the state legislature.
You’ll find more information on the grants here: oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-promise.aspx
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.