(Texas City, Texas) — The US Department of Education has awarded College of the Mainland (COM) a $3 million Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSIs) grant to support Hispanic students on their journey to a successful higher education experience. The grant provides financial assistance to help colleges expand educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students to enhance their academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability.
“We’re proud of the work that we’ve done at College of the Mainland to support the diverse student populations that we serve,” said Dr. Warren Nichols, College of the Mainland President. “When students step foot on our campus, we’re here to support their success from start to finish. The Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant reinforces that work and highlights our unwavering commitment to broadening student access to high-quality learning opportunities.”
In support of expanded learning opportunities, the five-year award will provide a grant-funded engineering faculty position in COM’s soon-to-launch engineering programs along with other student services and Title V program positions.
The DHSI grant will focus on the following objectives:
- Increasing the number of declared Hispanic STEM majors
- Increasing fall-to-fall retention rates for Hispanic students
- Increasing three-year graduation rates for Hispanic students
- Increasing the number of students applying for financial aid
In 2015, COM was first awarded a DHSI grant to support financial literacy initiatives, software expansion and enhanced student services. This year, COM is one of only 22 Texas schools selected to receive new grant funding through the program.
“Building on the strong foundation we have developed with the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, this grant award will allow COM to grow Title V funding and make a lifetime of difference for thousands of our students over the next five years,” said Title V Director Deborah Fregia.
A Hispanic-Serving Institution is an eligible institution of higher education that has at least 25 percent Hispanic students. Of COM’s 4,351credit students enrolled in fall 2020, 33 percent are Hispanic.
In addition to supporting student services, the grant will also help COM acquire lab equipment and supplies for its new engineering programs and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) building.
For more information about the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant, call (409) 933-8379.