A message from Stacey Johnson, President, East & Winter Park Campuses
East Campus students will benefit from one of two Title V federal grants awarded on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, totaling $5.25 million dollars.
Valencia’s Osceola and East Campuses both captured the important grants over the next five years. Osceola will focus on career and technical education programs, while East will strengthen advising and transfer services.
The funding comes from the federal Department of Education Hispanic Serving Institution Division (HSI), designed to improve educational conditions on campuses where Hispanics and other minorities make up a significant part of the student population.
Currently, the College has a strong New Student, “first-year” Experience (NSE) with student-centered advising capabilities in our Associate in Science (Career and Technical Education) program areas, because they have embedded advisors.
In the general education, meta majors areas, we have not yet built the infrastructure to ensure students have strong advising throughout their entire Associate in Arts degree experience and on to transfer to baccalaureate degrees. These Title V monies will help us build this important infrastructure and provide needed support services for this effort.
Hiring for the grant will begin soon, and East Campus will search for a project director and three transfer program advisors — one each for arts, business and education, and social sciences-psychology. Other support staff will include an administrative assistant, activity director for faculty development, data analyst and functional instructional support staff.
Over the next five years, the grant budget for full-time staff represents approximately $1.6 million. Other costs include approximately $160,000 for faculty release and training. Additional secondary costs include funds for travel, equipment and supplies.
The grant goal is to ultimately impact and increase graduation, completion and retention rates for our students.