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MCC awarded Hispanic-Serving Institution Program funding


McLennan Community College has been awarded $599,594 in funding from the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Program of the U.S. Department of Education for the first year of the College’s Title V project entitled First Year Focus: Developing Academic and Co-Curricular Student Support Structures to Improve First Year Outcomes.

McLennan’s project will focus on increasing the average first-year course completion, persistence, graduation, and transfer rates of Hispanic, low-income, and first-time-in-college students.

The College will begin by restructuring its Learning Frameworks courses by reorganizing cohorts and including integration of cultural competency, career planning, and financial literacy into the curriculum. Peer leadership will also become part of the course. In addition, the College will centralize its academic support services and add supplemental instruction elements and language support to developmental education courses. The College will also work to better engage Hispanic and low-income students by increasing Spanish-language engagement and student programming throughout their academic careers.

The College anticipates it will receive a total of $2,901,555 over the next five years to continue developing the project to serve the Hispanic population in Waco and the surrounding areas.

Read the Waco Tribune-Hearld article.