APTOS – Cabrillo College announced Monday that it is one of 40 colleges and universities nationwide that was awarded a grant designed to help ease students into four-year universities.
The $3 million, five-year U.S. Department of Education Title V – Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant will be for Cabrillo students planning to transfer to Cal State Monterey Bay.
Pilot work will be done in the computer science, horticulture/AgTech, business, accounting and kinesiology departments.
“As a Hispanic-serving institution, this grant will help us work more closely together with our partners at CSU-MB to create clear, efficient pathways for our students to start at Cabrillo College, transfer in two years, and then finish in two more years with a bachelor’s degree from CSU-MB,” said Dr. Matthew Wetstein, President and Superintendent of Cabrillo College. “This grant will be a tremendous boost for our students and for both colleges.”
College officials say the grant will further the school’s ongoing work of helping Cabrillo students who are struggling with their educational pathways.
Funding from the grant will help integrate student support services into instruction and will offer personalized support services through peer-based tutoring.
The grant will also fund revised curriculum work, ensuring that lower-division courses are more closely aligned with upper-division work in the degree programs.
In addition, the program will encourage faculty at both institutions to work together in order to help the colleges align their curriculum.
“We are thrilled that Cabrillo College has received this significant grant to develop more effective transfer pathways to CSUMB,” said CSUMB Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Fran Horvath.
Grant activities began Oct. 1.