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  • PCC receives $2.4 million Department of Education grant

    PUEBLO – Pueblo Community College is the recipient of a five-year, $2.4 million Title V grant from the US Department of Education.

    The PCC program that will be funded by the grant is called Providing Opportunity for Diverse Educational Roles (PODER). Funds will be used at all PCC locations (Pueblo, Canon City, Mancos and Durango) to help increase Hispanic and high-needs student retention and graduation rates and promote transfer to four-year institutions.

    “PCC has developed a recipe for student success that, with the financial support provided by this Title V grant opportunity, will enable us to sustain our efforts to ensure every student – regardless of income, first-generation status, race, religion or gender – will have an equal chance to achieve their unique goals and aspirations,” said PCC President Patty Erjavec.

    The PODER program will provide counseling and enhanced student support services for all students with a focus on first-year Hispanic and high-needs students. Through PCC’s comprehensive network, students will be directed to tutoring and any other necessary support services before major issues arise that could create barriers to completing their education.

    Another component of the program will be to introduce new students to the idea of teaching as a profession. A 2014 report from the Colorado Department of Education stressed the need to recruit more minority teachers in grades K-12, particularly in STEM courses (science, technology, engineering and math) and career and technical education.

    Data from the Colorado Department of Education shows that in the 2016-17 school year, 27.8 percent of Pueblo City Schools teachers were Hispanic, compared to 70.1 percent of the district’s students. In District 70, 14.5 percent of teachers and 36.1 percent of students were Hispanic.

    PCC is one of two Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Colorado that has had at least 25 percent Hispanic enrollment for more than three decades.

    Title V – the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program – was created in 1998 to help colleges and universities expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students.
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    Founded in 1933, Pueblo Community College is a premier teaching institution focused on providing academic and service excellence to help its students acquire the 21st Century skills needed to better their lives. An educational and technological leader, PCC fosters economic development and utilizes strong partnerships in the communities it serves through its Pueblo, Fremont and Southwest campuses.