EMCC awarded $2.6 million federal grant

EMCC graduates celebrate their success at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony.
EMCC graduates celebrate their success at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony.
August 23, 2016

Funding from the U.S. Dept. of Education benefits Hispanic students, campus

Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), one of the Maricopa Community Colleges, is honored and excited to announce that the United States Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education has selected the college for grant funding through the Title V – Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. EMCC was notified of the approval of its grant proposal earlier this week.

After undergoing a rigorous review process, it was determined that EMCC will receive a total of $524,437 for the first budget period of Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017; it is anticipated that the grant will be for a total of $2.6 million over a five-year grant period.

EMCC President Dr. Ernest Lara expressed his tremendous gratitude for all who worked so diligently on the effort to increase student success. “It takes a dedicated team to write a thoughtful, engaging, and ultimately successful proposal,” he said. “It’s also remarkable that we are receiving this grant for the third time, giving us the continued opportunity to serve our Hispanic community and the entire student population by helping them reach their academic and career goals.”

The grant, Placement, Pathways and Prevention, is designed to achieve the following goals: 1) reduce the number of students placed in developmental education; 2) accelerate the time students take to successfully complete developmental and related college-level courses; 3) increase timely graduation rates for Hispanic and all students; and 4) increase the college endowment to support student scholarships. The grant will provide resources to increase the completion and graduation rates of all students.

“This exciting announcement is timely as the college prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017,” said Lara. “I’m looking forward to working with the community to help us reach the endowment goals so we can continue to provide educational opportunities for learners. EMCC plays a critical role in helping students achieve their career goals, so they can ultimately give back to our community as educated and fulfilled individuals.”