October 19, 2010, Jersey City, NJ – The United States Department of Education has awarded a $2.97 million grant to Hudson County Community College (HCCC). The College was selected for the award from the Title V – Hispanic-Serving Institutions competitive grants program titled “Building a 21st Century Community College.”
Hudson County Community College President Dr. Glen Gabert said the funding – which will be provided over a five-year period – will be dedicated to two major initiatives: (1) Expanding access and increasing student success and persistence through the establishment of a Center for Distance Education; and (2) strengthening the capacity of the College’s mathematics and technology programs.
“The College has been making huge strides in improving our technologies and making it more convenient for everyone to take courses via distance learning. Thanks to this grant, we will be able to make a giant leap forward in this area and we will also be able to enhance our studies in the Health, Science and Technology Division. We are grateful to Senator Robert Menendez and Congressman Albio Sires for championing the College for this award,” Dr. Gabert stated.
In the first initiative, HCCC will create a technology hub – the Center for Distance Education (CDE) – to expand its online course offerings. The funding will also foster the implementation of the CDE for distance learning by students, faculty and staff through a series of training workshops and a Summer Institute.
To strengthen its mathematics and technology programs, the College will dedicate the grant funding to acquire the cutting-edge equipment, materials and supplies that will result in improved enrollment, retention, persistence and completion of studies by students in the Health, Science and Technology Division.
This “Building a 21st Century Community College” grant was one of just three significant grants recently awarded to Hudson County Community by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hudson County Community College will also share a $3.5 million U.S. Department of Education grant to increase the number of Latinos in nursing and health-information management with New Jersey City University. Additionally, HCCC is part of a ten-college consortium that is receiving a $4.7 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services million grant to work with local Workforce Investment Boards and train recipients of the U.S. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in the allied health professions. The $4.7 million is the first installment of a five year, $24 million grant.
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