Grants boost SUNY student support

Posted 9/17/20

With last week’s announcement that it had been awarded a $2.94 million grant from the United States Department of Education’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Program, SUNY Orange has …

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With last week’s announcement that it had been awarded a $2.94 million grant from the United States Department of Education’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Program, SUNY Orange has now acquired $5.46 million dollars in grants over the past year to grow support programs for minority students, academic opportunities for students from underrepresented groups, and local workforce development training.

  All told, the $5,463,085 has arrived in six different grants from educational and governmental agencies. Three grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Education ($4,543,268) while two came from the State University of New York ($19,817) and one from the New York State Education Department ($900,000).

A brief description of the grants follows.

  Title V Hispanic Serving Institutions grant from U.S. DoE ($2,940,807 over five years): transformative grant will support the College’s development of student support programming to significantly enhance the academic achievement, persistence and retention of students, most specifically Hispanic and low-income students. SUNY Orange’s new program, entitled “PROSPERAR: Moving Students from Surviving to Thriving” will redesign programs and services with three overarching goals: help students choose and enter an academic path, help them remain on that path, and ensure student learning, engagement and success.

  TRIO grant from U.S. DoE ($1,309,440 over five years): allows the College to continue its work over the next five years in support of improved persistence, retention, graduation and transfer rates of low-income first generation students and students with disabilities. TRIO students experience a personalized student-centered approach to advising that involves personal contact, student responsibility for decision making, and problem solving that improves academic performance. To be eligible for SSS programs, students must be enrolled in a degree program or accepted for enrollment into a degree program, must be a first-generation college student or meet certain income or disability guidelines as established by the federal government.

CCAMPIS grant from U.S. DoE ($293,021 over four years): the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program will supplement childcare expenses for low-income students who utilize the College’s two on-campus Lab School facilities. Funds assist eligible parents enrolled at the College by providing supplemental aid that will help lower their out-of-pocket childcare fees at the Morrison Lab School on the Middletown campus and the Newburgh Campus Lab School.

  CSTEP grant from NYSED ($900,000 over five years): the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) grant will allow SUNY Orange to support recruitment and retention of underrepresented students pursuing STEM degrees or careers that require licensure in New York State. The five-year grant will support 90 students annually. To be eligible, a student must be a New York state resident, and be African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan native, or demonstrate financial hardship.

  Workforce Development Training grants from SUNY (two one-time grants totaling $19,817): pair of grants support Lean Six Sigma training to employees of Genpak and Business Communication training to employees at Walden Savings Bank. SUNY provided $15,000 for a three-day Genpak training and $4,817 for a seven-class program for Walden Savings Bank. Both trainings have been delayed because of COVID-19.

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