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Support Center for Filipino Students Opens

Posted on | November 12, 2010 | Comments Off on Support Center for Filipino Students Opens

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Senator Inouye with Sulong Aral students.

It was standing room only at the official opening of Dap-ayan at Leeward Community College on Oct. 21. More than 100 students, faculty and staff members crowded into DA 204, the new official home of the Sulong Aral project Dap-ayan, which is designed to increase retention, persistence and success for Leeward students of Filipino ancestry.

Senator Daniel Inouye spoke at the short ceremony, addressing the program’s peer mentors and students in the Philippine studies program. The event included a cordillera opening, oggayam (blessing ceremony) and performances by students and faculty.

The Sulong Aral Project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Education for $638,000 over a two year period.

Sulong Aral is derived from two Filipino words: sulong which means “to advance” and aral which means “to study.” The program offers students of Filipino ancestry assistance to achieve and maintain satisfactory academic standing at Leeward by providing programs, services and activities that focus on students’ learning styles and needs.

Read the news release.