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October 1, 2010


Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

For Immediate Release


(Rancho Cucamonga, CA) Chaffey College officials proudly announce that it is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Education's Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program grant. Chaffey College was one of 78 institutions that was awarded the grant and will receive $635,906 every year for the next five years to support academics and learning. The United States Secretary of Education, Anne Duncan, announced 99 new grants totaling $60.1 million were awarded to Hispanic-Serving colleges.

The Chaffey College grant program is designed to Improve Progression and Transfer Readiness of Hispanic and Low-Income Students. The program includes two components. The first is a "Transformation of guidance and mentoring support system," which addresses the development and implementation of a counselor apprentice in the college's Success Centers, promoting greater access to broad-based mentoring, bilingual financial assistance outreach to Hispanic and low-income students and families which provides new academic support structures to students.

The second component of the Chaffey College program addresses "Learning Strategies for Increased Engagement." The Learning to Learn (LTL) study strategies will be infused throughout the college. LTL is certified through the Department of Education's Program Effectiveness Panel. These strategies help students focus on asking questions, managing learning tasks, and engaging in the learning process. Comprehensive Supplemental Instruction (SI) targeting 22 high-risk/barrier transfer and developmental gateway courses will be implemented to improve student academic performance.

Lastly, the grant will support the college's Faculty Success Center. Student success strategies and innovative teaching methodologies will be developed and incorporated across the curriculum.

"We are honored and thrilled to receive this grant," exclaimed Laura Hope, Dean of Instructional Support and the Grant Director. "Receiving this funding and support opens so many doors for our students, faculty, and staff," she added. "It gives the college an opportunity to fulfill some of dreams that we had hoped to achieve by further integrating student services and academic support into a seamless network," said Hope.

A report released by Community College Week Magazine identified the top two- and four-year colleges and universities that awarded degrees and certificates awarded by in the 2008-09 academic year. In this report, Chaffey College ranked 44th in the nation, 31stamong community colleges, and 10th in the state in Associate's degrees awarded to minority students. In total 754 Associate's degrees were awarded to minority students. Chaffey College ranked 23rd in the nation among both two- and four-year colleges and universities and was 7th among California community colleges in awards to Hispanic students.

For more information on the Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Program, visit the U.S. Department of Education website.

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