Southwestern College Monday announced it was awarded $325,000 in grants to fund services for veteran and undocumented students.
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office awarded the Chula Vista community college $200,000 through its Veterans’ Resource Center Grant Program. Money will fund a part-time veteran outreach position and a veteran peer-to-peer tutoring system, as well as upgrades to the college’s Veterans’ Resource Center.
The California Campus Catalyst Fund, meanwhile, awarded Southwestern $125,000 to establish a “Dream Center” to provide resources to undocumented students on campus. The center is expected to centralize existing services, including the college’s Adelante Estudiante Program; an AB 540 student cohort and scholarship program; the IDEAS Student Organization; specialized financial aid workshops; and undocumented student scholarships.
The grant will also fund a project specialist who will work with undocumented students, as well as develop workshops, outreach material and scholarship opportunities.
“Southwestern College has already had a tremendous success serving our student veterans and our undocumented students,” said Kindred Murillo, the college’s superintendent and president. “These grants reinforce our commitment to them and their success and will help us pave the way for more deserving students.”
–City News Service
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