Gavilan Receives $3 Million Title V Grant as a Hispanic Serving Institutionby Public Information Office on Oct 12, 2023
GILROY, CA – Gavilan College has been awarded a $3 million Title V Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) federal Grant to create equitable education to eliminate barriers for Hispanic students. The grant allocates $600,000 annually for the next 5 years. Gavilan is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution given that more than 60% of its students are Hispanic.
Many first-generation and low-income students arrive at college unprepared. Many Hispanic and low-incomes students come to Gavilan needing support to successfully navigate the rigors of college life.
With strict guidelines and deliverables, the grant will enable Gav to serve its student body and actively engage, empower, and enrich students of all backgrounds and abilities to build their full academic, social, and economic potential. Areas of focus include dual enrollment partnerships with the local high schools and implementing a Coordinated Care Counseling Model.
The objectives of the grant will be to increase the number of dual enrollment agreements with local high schools; increase support to assist students with their educational plans; pilot a new first-year-experience program to improve student success; reduce the equity gaps for Latinx students; and improve the sense of belonging at Gavilan College for Latina/o students.
Dr. Reneé Craig-Marius
Assistant Superintendent/Vice-President of Student Services, Dr. Renee Craig-Marius, shared:
“This grant is important to Gavilan. It will allow us to create and structure more support services and programs for our students to find educational success. Writing this grant was truly a collaborative effort. I want to acknowledge Dean of Student Support, Carina Cisneros, for her support.”
Gavilan Superintendent/President, Dr. Pedro Avila, shared:
“Gavilan College serves both Santa Clara and San Benito Counties. This investment will help us improve our efforts in establishing a college-going culture in our service area and increase success for all students, with a focus on closing equity gaps for Latina/o students. We are grateful for this opportunity to further our mission of serving our community and transforming lives through education."
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