WHC Lemoore earns federal grant to assist low income students

From West Hills College Lemoore

West Hills College Lemoore was recently awarded a United States Department of Education Title V grant to support student access and success and improve the educational outcomes of low-income students.

The five-year award, for $525,000 per year, will provide faculty training and opportunities to revise courses and expand and create comprehensive support services. The grants are awarded to Hispanic serving institutions and are geared toward improving faculty instructional development and delivery techniques as well as counseling, tutoring and student services programs. 

“This new Title V grant will focus many of our initiatives at West Hills College Lemoore as it creates an environment looking at access and success for our students,” said Joel Ruble, Dean of Student Services.  “It also sets the perfect foundation of student engagement for our new student center.” 

Many of the support services— including outreach, orientation, career services and advising—generated from the grant will be offered from the Center for Student Engagement and Completion, a facility located in the new Student Union scheduled to open in 2016.

Specifically, the grant will enable the formation of a teaching and learning community to examine and share best practices, allow faculty to attend workshops, build online resources, and bolster WHCL’s supplemental instruction and peer mentoring programs.

It will also have implications for the entire West Hills Community College District, as it will help to enhance priority registration, online orientation, online careers services and online advising and progress tracking. 

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