Cumberland County College Awarded $2.6 Million in Competitive Grant Funding

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VINELAND – Cumberland County College has been awarded $2.6 million in its first Title V grant from the Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program.
“This is a huge win for us,” said Dr. Shelly Schneider, Interim College President. “Our grant team composed a thoughtful, compelling case. These funds will have a significant impact on the success of our Hispanic students as well their peers across campus.”
The Title V program provides grants to assist HSI to expand educational opportunities and improve the attainment of Hispanic students. Only colleges with a 25% or greater Hispanic population can participate. Currently, more than 28% of Cumberland’s students are Hispanic.
The Cumberland grant will go to an initiative the college has named Vias Hacia la Graduación (Pathway to Graduation) designed to expand the college’s capacity to recruit, advise, mentor, instruct, tutor, and support the community’s Hispanic students, both in English and Spanish.
In addition, the goals are to increase retention, persistence, and graduation through a set of 10 innovative “touch points” occurring between academic coaches, mentors, and students, from the time of enrollment through graduation.
“Touch point” contacts will trigger early, intrusive interventions designed to keep the students on their pathway to graduation.
This system will be supported by new grant-funded technology that will greatly enhance communication between students, faculty, academic coaches, and mentors while enabling fast, efficient, informed responses to issues that threaten students’ academic success.
The five-year program is ready to implement and is scheduled to launch on Thursday, October 1st.
To learn more about Cumberland County College, visit their website, http://www.cccnj.edu/.

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