BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge Community College is teaming up with churches in the community to bring educational opportunities to meet underserved individuals and communities where they are.

To help get more people a higher education, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has introduced a new educational initiative. It will bring educational resources to churches, helping those who want to go to college get the chance to attend Baton Rouge Community College. Mayor Broome believes this will help better the future of Baton Rouge.

“I believe that this work is indeed critical to uplifting disinvested communities. If we are are going to evaluate our communities, we must educate our communities,” said Mayor Broome.

According to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, nearly a quarter of Baton Rouge residents live below the poverty line. The program will start at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church first and then expand to more Centers of Faith in the community who are interested in participating.

“That’s going to provide access to the people at Shiloh but also to the community centers across this city,” said Chancellor at BRCC Willie Smith.

The program will provide access to earning a high school diploma, industry-based training credentials and so much more.

“This mobile site at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church will offer adult education classes, and tutoring assistance, as well as job training,” said Mayor Broome.

The first session will be July 18th at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church at 6 p.m.