Waubonsee Community College was recently awarded a $3 million grant to strengthen and expand educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students.
This is the third time the college has received a Title V grant from the Department of Education. Waubonsee is one of three colleges in Illinois, and the only community college in the state, to receive a Title V grant in this funding cycle.
The award funding will be disbursed over five years and will be used to support Waubonsee’s Strategic Plan pillar of Student Equity and Success. Specifically, the college will use the funding to develop a Latinx Resource Center to provide support and resources to Latinx students, engage the Latinx community, and increase awareness of Latinx culture. The grant will enhance the transition from high school to college through dedicated advisors in high schools, increase student participation in financial literacy education and work-based learning, and create programs for Waubonsee employees to increase cultural competencies.
“Each project in this grant reflects the feedback I’ve received from Waubonsee students in the last few years. They have shared with me what attending a Hispanic Serving Institution means to them and how they felt we could better support their goals. I’m so excited to get started on these projects and look forward to working with all our stakeholders to make them a reality,” said Dr. Stacey Randall, Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Title V Project Director.
Visit www.waubonsee.edu for more information about all of the educational opportunities at Waubonsee.