The 40 year-old program had state funding cut last June. Now they're looking for donors and grants.
A new state law requires Indiana high schools to take steps to make sure students are ready for college-level coursework.
The contaminated area is one of many sites the city hopes to clean up so it can get the abandoned properties back on the tax rolls.
Officials are working on guidelines to spot those students while they are still in high school.
A bill heard Wednesday in the Senate Education Committee would require students at risk of remediation to a college readiness exam.
State law requires Duke Energy to remove contaminated soil at former gas plant site in Franklin.