Butte College has been awarded a five-year federal grant for $1.9 million under the U.S. Department of Education's: Title III, Strengthening Institutions Program.
The grant is designed to improve student success and transfer rates through innovative programs and the effective use of technology.
"Butte College is honored to receive one of only 62 Title III grants awarded this year. We're excited about how this funding will better enable us to serve our students," said Diana Van Der Ploeg, Butte College president.
According to Van Der Ploeg, Butte College plans to use the grant to improve student success through the implementation of innovative programs, the improvement of institutional processes, and the creative use of technology. Additionally, the grant will help the college to better integrate sustainability into the curriculum.
According to Ken Meier, Butte College Vice President for Student Learning and Economic Development, the grant funding will allow the college to expand learning communities, increase development opportunities for faculty, and use technology to help students more effectively meet their educational goals.
"At Butte College we serve a high number of students who are unprepared for college level English and math. This grant will help us to create clearly defined career and transfer pathways that will make it easier for students to transfer to UC and CSU or to gain the job skills they need to succeed in the emerging green economy," Meier said.
The grant totals $1.9 million over five years, and begins October 1, 2008. Additionally, the college will provide in-kind funding of $213,500 to help meet the grant's objectives.