March 19, 2008 | Kingsborough Community College
Part of Competitive Grant Program Addressing Student Success
Kingsborough Community College announced today that it has been awarded a $150,000 grant to develop a Health Careers Learning Communities program to increase the number of high school students who aspire to enter college by educating them and helping them prepare for any one of seventeen different healthcare-related programs offered by Kingsborough. 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 transfers.
“The MetLife grant enables Kingsborough to provide the academic support and enhanced counseling needed by students to enter and remain in our nursing program as well as counsel them in the numerous options offered through our healthcare-related programs,” said Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College. “In addition, this grant will enable us to supply the health care industry with more health care workers in more diverse fields.”
The Health Careers Learning Communities program will better enable students to take advantage of the sixteen different healthcare programs, in addition to nursing, and embark on healthcare careers, needed by New York’s healthcare industry, that carry attractive salaries. Kingsborough’s diverse student population, representing more than 120 countries and 79 languages, would make ideal healthcare employees because of their ability to speak the native languages of their patients, a requirement of the healthcare industry.
Health care is currently New York City’s largest employment sector. Ten of New York largest 25 employers are healthcare companies and fourteen of the fastest growing occupations are concentrated in health services.
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 Kingsborough 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; Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY; Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, 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.
Contact: Ruby Ryles
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.
Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn’s only community college, is located on a 70-acre campus in Manhattan Beach, on the southern tip of Brooklyn. The breathtaking campus overlooks three bodies of water: Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It serves approximately thirty thousand students per year, offering a wide range of credit and non-credit courses in the liberal arts, career education, and specialized programs.