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Napa Valley College Awarded $2.625 Million Hispanic Serving Institution Grant

Napa Valley College Awarded $2.625 Million Hispanic Serving Institution Grant

Five Year HSI Grant from US Department of Education Supports College as a Whole

Napa, Calif. (October 2, 2015) –  Napa Valley College is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $2.625 million Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) grant by the United States Department of Education through a competitive national review process.

Starting in January of 2016, the grant will be paid over a five-year period through the federal Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program, which provides grants to assist public higher education institutions -- like Napa Valley College -- that have self-identified Hispanic student populations of more than 25%. In the fall of 2014, Napa Valley College's self-identified Hispanic student population was 39% of its total student body.

Grant funds will be used by Napa Valley College to expand educational opportunities for all of its students and to specifically improve the educational attainment level of its Hispanic students through expanded and enhanced academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability.

Commenting on the award, NVC Vice President of Student Services Oscar DeHaro stated, "Napa Valley College is extremely honored to be recognized as a deserving federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution worthy of the investment of these public dollars. The award of this grant reinforces the resources available to all in our community and recognizes the urgent economic need of increasing college education access and completion for Hispanic students in California."

NVC will use the grant to develop a Statistics Pathway course and dual language (Spanish/English) courses in the sciences. The Statistics Pathway course provides students with an intensive 6-unit course with content from pre-algebra, elementary and intermediate algebra contextualized in data analysis.

The dual language courses will allow the college to pro-actively address the gap in academic language fluency that is common to many first generation college students whose home language is Spanish.  Additionally, the grant will pay for instructors and academic advising staff involved with institutional student support services.

In 2011, Napa Valley College received a five-year $3.8 million HSI STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)  grant from the US Department of Education and has used those funds to increase degree transfer rates of students majoring in the STEM fields at NVC by more than 30%.

Recognized regularly as one of the top two-year colleges in California, Napa Valley College prides itself on providing exception higher education learning opportunities to all students in its service area which encompasses all of Napa County and a small portion of Sonoma County.

In response to news of the grant award, NVC alumnus US Congressman Mike Thompson stated, "These federal dollars will strengthen our community by helping make sure someone's first language isn't a barrier to fully achieving his educational goals. I know first-hand the impact Napa Valley College can have on a student's life. I came to the college as a high school drop-out with an Army-earned GED. Napa Valley College got my life on track. It's an outstanding institution dedicated to bettering the lives of its students, and these funds will allow them to build on their great work."

About Napa Valley College
Napa Valley College prepares students for evolving roles in a diverse, dynamic, and interdependent world.  The college is an accredited open-access, degree- and certificate-granting institution that is committed to student achievement through high-quality programs and services that are continuously evaluated and improved.  The college serves students and the community in the following areas:  transfer courses, career-technical education and training, basic skills, and self-supporting contract education and community education classes.  Learn more at www.napavalley.edu.