HCCC wins 5-year, $3M federal grant to help Hispanic, Latino students

Hudson County Community College has won a five-year, $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help it expand educational opportunities and promote academic attainment, with a focus on Hispanic and Latino students, the college announced this week.

The college is creating a transformational “The Golden Door/La Puerta Dorada” project, which includes the development of an English as a Second Language Pathway Academy; redesign of student support services with development of an ESL Resource Center; and implementation of a Faculty/Staff Professional Development Program.

“The Golden Door/La Puerta Dorada project will have a positive, enduring impact on student retention, graduation and the success of all HCCC students,” President Christopher Reber said in a prepared statement. “It is a transformational project that is squarely focused on the college’s mission, vision and values.”

Hispanic and Latino students comprise slightly more than half of the HCCC student population.