LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College has been awarded more than $2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education, California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott announced Friday.
Scott said the funds will make a college education attainable for Latino students while expanding and enhancing the academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability at the campus.
AVC was one of 34 of the system’s colleges that were awarded a combined total of nearly $37 million from the federal government. The federal government awarded $107.4 million to colleges and universities nationwide that have more than 25 percent Hispanic enrollments.
“This is tremendous news for our system and even better news for those who will directly benefit from these grants,” said Scott. “The funds will help Hispanic students achieve their educational goals while improving the pool of highly skilled individuals who can strengthen California’s economy and compete globally.”
The grants are awarded for a five-year period. The first-year grants were determined through a competitive process. Four additional years are provided as non-competitive continuation grants subject to Congressional approval each fiscal year. The funds can be used to purchase scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching, construct or renovate facilities, purchase educational materials, develop curriculum, enhance tutoring and counseling programs, provide teacher education and supplement other student support services.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded two types of grants to colleges and universities: individual development grants and cooperative grants. Antelope Valley College secured a cooperative grant in the amount of $1,198,489, as well as a development grant of $869,986.
AVC will be required to complete an interim performance report due six months after the grant’s start date. An annual performance report is required 90 days after each one-year budget period. That report will include data on student enrollment, retention and graduation rates in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.