HOSTOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE SELECTED FOR GRANT FROM METLIFE FOUNDATION – Part of Competitive Grant Program Addressing Student Success -

December 19, 2007 | Hostos Community College

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College announced today that it has been awarded a $100,000 grant for its multi-media laboratory/resource center. The competitive grant is one of ten awarded in a $1.2 million MetLife Foundation initiative to increase the number of community college students who enroll prepared, succeed academically, and complete certificates, degrees or college transfer.

“This much needed grant will enable our college to support disadvantaged students enrolled in intensive inter-disciplinary, first-semester programs focused on core competencies,” said Dr. Dolores M. Fernandez, President of Hostos Community College. “The multi-media laboratory and resource center will afford needy students the opportunity to become better prepared to enroll in college, complete their degrees in a timely fashion or transfer to a four year college, and eventually secure employment.”

The MetLife Foundation’s Pathways to Student Success grant initiative supports expansion of proven methods and introduction of innovative strategies to aid disadvantaged students in preparing for college, gaining essential knowledge and skills in college, completing degrees and securing employment. Institutions invited to apply were asked to show that proposed activities are consistent with institutional planning and priorities, had clear goals, and measurable results. The grants range from $100,000 to $150,000.

With this grant program initiative, MetLife Foundation continues a long commitment to community colleges as a dynamic sector of higher education, which serves a disproportionate number of first-generation, minority, part-time, working, and career-changing students.

“Community colleges play a vital role by providing opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds to develop the skills they need for economic stability and success in life,” said Sibyl Jacobson, president, MetLife Foundation. “These grants respond to the needs of aspiring students in ways that will help assure more of them reach their goals.”

In addition to Hostos Community College, grants were awarded to the following institutions: Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY; Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA; Capital Community College, Hartford, CT; Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, RI; Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY; Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY; LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY; Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA; and Raritan Valley Community College, North Branch, NJ.

Other Foundation programs benefiting community colleges are the MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award administered by Jobs for the Future, and the MetLife Foundation Initiative for Student Success with the Community College Leadership Program, University of Texas at Austin.

The MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 by MetLife to carry on the company’s longstanding tradition of community involvement and contributions. The Foundation supports education, health, civic and cultural programs throughout the United States. In education, it places special emphasis on strengthening teaching and learning in public schools and on community colleges. Its grantmaking is informed by findings from the annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. For more information, visit MetLife Foundation’s Web site at www.metlife.org.

Hostos Community College is a unique institution that has experienced a very positive transformation in recent years. With newly renovated facilities and a faculty dedicated to excellence, the college provides an intellectually rich environment with high academic standards.

Media Contact:

Nestor Montilla
Director of Public Relations

Division of Institutional Development
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College
of The City University of New York
120 East 149th Street, Rm. 214 E
Bronx, NY 10451
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