MISSION COLLEGE AWARDED
FOR STUDENT IMPROVEMENT
Mission College in Sylmar has
been awarded a five-year, $2 million+ grant to address the problem of
poor math skills among college students.
Announcement of the grant from the U.S. Department of Education was made
jointly by Mission College President Adriana Barrera and Representative
Brad Sherman (D-24th).
The funds will allow Mission College to establish a state-of-the art math
center within its existing Learning Resource Center and Library. The grant
also provides funding for instructional and support services designed
to improve the math performance of students.
"The failure to master math essentials keeps many students from pursuing
the career goals they set for themselves," said Dr. Barrera. "Its
become a locked gateway for too many of our students."
The grant is funded through September 2009. First year funding is pegged
at $514,133. Specific funding amounts in each of the next four years are
undetermined, but the total, five-year funding is expected to exceed $2
million, said Dr. Barrera.
The math center is envisioned as an ultra-modern resource staffed by trained
tutors assisted in their work by the latest software technologies and
In addition to creating the math center, the grant also will allow Mission
College to develop programming systems that will better track students
who are not succeeding; improve the referral of these students to appropriate
counseling or other support services; train college instructors and tutors
in new, innovative methods of working with unprepared students; and create
an instructors resource center that will offer professional development
activities and workshops in the "best practices" available for
the teaching of math to unprepared students.
Application for the grant was based on Mission College research showing
that less than two percent of the student population is prepared for college-level
The grant is being awarded under the U.S. Department of Education Title
V Strengthening Institutions - Hispanic Serving Institutions Program.
Mission College serves an enrollment that is two-thirds Hispanic, and
nearly 40 percent of the students have a primary language other than English.
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