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School hopes project will create opportunity

Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville (Source: KAIT) Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville (Source: KAIT)
Arkansas Northeastern College bus (Source: KAIT) Arkansas Northeastern College bus (Source: KAIT)
BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

The students at one area college will have a chance to get to classes this fall by riding the "Opportunity Bus." 

The board of trustees at Arkansas Northeastern College approved the purchase of the 24-seat bus that is also disabled-accessible, college president Dr. James Shemwell said.

The bus will be used to provide transportation services to lower-income students in Mississippi County, who may have trouble getting to class.  

"We hope that people, when they see the opportunity bus, will think about opportunity, and have it become something that they see on a regular basis. And they see people who live in their neighborhood, people who they know that are bettering their lives. They're more optimistic about their future, and they're seeing actual results. They may decide that they want to ride the bus too," Shemwell said. 

College officials are working with the Arkansas Department of Human Service to get a 50% federal matching grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Employment and Training Funds program. 

Shemwell said the remaining funding will come from ANC as part of a matching grant. 

The bus should be ready to use by August, Shemwell said. 

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