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Windward Gets Federal Boost From Title III

Posted on | November 24, 2010 | 1 Comment

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Hale A'o

Three separate Federal Title III grants totaling $12.5 million were awarded to Windward as an institution that serves Native Hawaiian students and underserved populations. The result will be a wave of improvements and new projects aimed at improving student access and success, and increasing the educational capital of the state.

“Windward Community College is extremely fortunate to have received these funds,” says Vice Chancellor of Student Services Lui Hokoana who was head of the grant-writing team.

“It is very rare for an institution to receive three fully funded proposals,” says Kevin Ishida, Windward fiscal officer. “Moreover, these grants all together will mean a huge boost of federal funds coming into our college for targeted programs over the next five years”

The Federal Title III grants

• The Collaboration Grant – $4.5 million (Hūlili or bridge) – a joint venture between Mānoa and Windward to improve the transfer and success rates of students. The grant will provide approximately $4.5 million to increase the number of students who transfer and earn degrees at Mānoa. Part of the plans include establishing outreach centers for classes in Waimānalo and Kahuku as well as expanding distance learning opportunities.

• Strengthening Student and Institutional Engagement Grant – $4 million to increase Windward Pell Grant recipients and increase the diversity and number of programs offered to support students. This includes establishing a one-stop center where students can find a wide range of support, including tutoring and counseling services. Approximately 80 percent of this grant will support a Title III assistant, one-stop coordinator, supplemental instructor, financial aid assistant, evaluator and non-traditional counselor.

• Construction Grant – $4 million to renovate Hale Aʻo and expand the Hawaiian studies curriculum. The grant will be used to renovate Hale Aʻo near Windward’s front parking lot for a hula studio and classrooms as well as the creation of an associate in arts degree in Hawaiian studies. It will also expand outreach to students, especially Native Hawaiian, low-income students and those from underserved communities.

Read the news release for other grants received to support projects and services at Windward.