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10/08/2010

Tarrant County College wins $2 million grant to boost focus on first-time students

TCC 3 Tarrant County College says it’s  won a $2 million Education Department grant that will expand focus on first-time students, staff and faculty development, and graduation rates for Hispanics and blacks.

The grant will span five years, at $400,000 a year and will, in part, expand initiatives that the college launched this fall, said Joy Gates Black, TCC’s vice chancellor for student success.

Goals:

* “Increase levels of success for first-time-in-college students who demonstrate a need for remediation in one or more essential skill areas necessary for college-level achievement (reading, writing, mathematics.”

* “Increase faculty and staff knowlecge and skills necessary to implement promising and best practices focused on increasing levels of success, rates of persistence, and rates of graduation.”

* “Increase rates of persistence and graduation among…students, with special focus on African-American and Hispanic student populations.”

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

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