|Two groups of Arizona community colleges are organizing to bid for $35 million grants the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering to help more students complete their studies.
The Completion by Design grant program targets nine states with large numbers of community colleges and large populations of lower-income students.
Maricopa Community Colleges will apply with Mohave Community College, Yavapai College, Northland Pioneer College, Central Arizona College and Coconino Community College.
Pima Community College, Cochise College and Arizona Western Colleges will file their own application.
Verlyn Fick, vice president for instruction at Cochise College, said the split is necessary to keep the applying groups small.