Thursday, November 26, 2009

FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873,      SYLVIA SMYTHE (626) 857-4172



Citrus College Receives $2.1 Million in Additional Funding from U.S. Department of Education

By Stacy Armstrong


GLENDORA, CALIF. - Citrus College has been awarded a $2.1 million United States Department of Education grant to help enhance and expand its capacity to serve its students.


The grant, which will be dispersed over a five-year period, will fund a project entitled “Bridge to Success,” which is designed to increase the success, persistence, degree completion, and transfer rates of underrepresented students, including students who place below college level in reading, math, English, or English as a Second Language by providing a strengthened pathway to transfer.


As part of “Bridge to Success,” a variety of strategies will be utilized to expand academic and support services.  These include Supplemental Instruction, which is a series of weekly review sessions for students that target historically difficult courses.  They also include a faculty/peer mentoring program, expanded career counseling, career learning communities, new certificates leading to the associate degree, and new degrees leading to transfer.


“This grant from the Department of Education is a well-deserved recognition of Citrus College’s remarkable success as a learning institution,” said Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “These funds will be used to enhance the college’s ability to fulfill its mission of delivering high quality instruction and empowering students to compete globally and contribute to our nation’s economic growth.”


Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College, is looking forward to the new programs that are being developed as a result of the grant.


“I am very pleased that these funds will enable us to create a mentoring system for basic skills students along with new initiatives to facilitate our students in degree completion,” she said.


The Bridge to Success Program will be managed by Project Director Sylvia Smythe and an advisory committee consisting of representatives from counseling, language arts, mathematics, behavioral science, music, and the Career/Transfer Center.    The learning communities coordinator and department deans, as well as staff from the college’s Outreach and Success Center offices, will also be involved.


“This grant provides Citrus College with an even greater opportunity to serve our students better,” Smythe said.  “Access to federal grant funds enhances our ability to help them achieve academic excellence, economic opportunity, and personal achievement.”


This recent Title V Hispanic Serving Institution grant is the fifth of its kind that Citrus College has received in recent years.  Citrus qualifies for the distinction of being a Hispanic Serving Institution due to the fact that its population is nearly 40 percent Hispanic.


“The college submitted its proposal to the U.S. Department of Education in June and learned that it was being awarded the grant after Labor Day,” Dr. Perri said.  “Our faculty and staff have invested many hours of hard work in pursuit of this grant, and we are delighted with this very positive outcome.”





FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873,      SYLVIA SMYTHE (626) 857-4172