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Grossmont College Gets Grant To Help Low-Income Students

Photo caption: The Griffin Center at Grossmont College is pictured in this undated photo.

Photo credit: Grossmon-Cuyamaca Community College District

The Griffin Center at Grossmont College is pictured in this undated photo.

Grossmont College was awarded a five-year, $2.62 million federal grant that will fund a proposed program aimed at helping Hispanic and low-income students succeed in their classes and progress toward graduation, the school announced Friday.

The Title V grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

"I am delighted that our college received this highly competitive and prestigious grant," said Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, president of the college, where 31 percent of the 18,000 students are Hispanic. "It is truly demonstrative of our college's commitment to our students' success."

College officials said the money will support the new Via Rapida program, which conducts outreach to Latino students and families, and to students in all low-income families who have not historically had access to college. Via Rapida will also help the students prepare for placement and assessment tests, offer options in developmental English and math, and provide professional development for faculty and staff.

Title V grants are administered through the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education, as part of its Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. The federal initiative was created to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students.

The grants also enable colleges improve academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability.come students succeed in their classes and progress toward graduation, the school announced Friday.

The Title V grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

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