Lowey Announces Largest Grant Award in Rockland Community College History

October 1, 2019
Press Release

SUFFERN, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, today announced that Rockland Community College (RCC) will receive $3 million in Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program federal funding over the next five years to improve student services to increase participation and retention. This award is the largest from any source that RCC has received in its 60-year history.  

“RCC’s demonstrated commitment to the success of Hispanic students will be bolstered by this historic investment in the redesign of the College, which stands to benefit the greater RCC community,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “By taking a holistic approach to instruction and providing wraparound services that address barriers to graduation rates, this funding will make good on our promise to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to thrive in tomorrow’s economy.”

RCC is one of 40 institutions across the county to receive the Title V DHSI grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education. These grants assist Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), or schools in which a minimum of 25 percent of the total enrollment is Hispanic, to enhance their program offerings and quality, strengthen their institution’s stability, and expand educational opportunities.

“I am overjoyed that the Department of Education has chosen Rockland Community College as just one of 40 institutions across the country to receive this important award, which will allow RCC to implement a redesign of the College under the principles of Guided Pathways reform,” said Dr. Michael A. Baston, President of Rockland Community College. “As a recipient of this significant grant, RCC will continue on the transformative path of reimaging programs, support services, and instructional approaches which is reflected in our new model of five academic schools. With this funding, we will be able to ensure that every student who enters RCC will develop an academic and career plan that will enable them to be successful in their studies and be ‘real world ready’ upon their graduation. I am grateful for the leadership of Congresswoman Nita Lowey in supporting Rockland Community College as we embark on this exciting journey.”

“As negotiations with the Senate on the Fiscal Year 2020 education spending legislation begin, I remain committed to protecting investments in the Department of Education’s Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, which are vital to achieving educational equity,” said Lowey. “Thank you to RCC for your leadership and dedication to serving the residents of the Lower Hudson Valley.”