Foundation funds new Beacon programs

Beacon College in Leesburg has received a $50,000 grant from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation to boost career-readiness programs for students with learning differences (LD) through a residential experience.

The grant allows the college to launch its innovative First Career and postgraduate Beacon Certificate programs. “The Clare Foundation has assumed a leadership role in advancing Beacon’s vision of a superior undergraduate institution that will understand an obligation to benefit the society beyond the boundaries of our campus,” says Dr. George J. Hagerty, president of Beacon College.

It’s estimated that 20 percent of graduates from Beacon or LD students from other institutions may boost their chances of thriving personally and professionally with a postgraduate-mentored living, learning, and employment program.

Participants will get that with First Career, a two-year communal experience, where members live together, engage in service and learning opportunities, and attend weekly group sessions with other residents.

They also will work full-time entry-level jobs provided by JP Morgan, JetBlue, Sea World, Disney, and other Beacon national corporate partners.