What is a Title III Grant?
The purpose of the Title III program is to provide grants to eligible institutions of higher education to improve their academic programs, institutional management, and fiscal stability in order to increase their self-sufficiency and strengthen their capacity to make a substantial contribution to the higher education resources of the Nation. (34 CFR 607.1)
San Juan College Grants
San Juan College has been awarded two separate Title III grants as a Native American Serving Nontribal Institution, enabling us to improve and expand our capacity to serve Native Americans and low-income individuals. (84.031X; 84.382C)
Fast Forward Program
In the Fall of 2011, San Juan College was awarded a grant of almost $2 million, spanning 5 years, that will be used to fund the Fast Forward program. This program builds infrastructure and services that empower Native American students to complete AA/AS degrees and successfully transfer to four-year insitutions. While this program is designed around the strengths of Native students, it is open to all students enrolled at SJC.
In 2010, San Juan College was awarded a $1.9 million grant that will be used to fund the Launch program. This grant will help Native American students succeed in math and science courses, an area that has been identified as having potential for leading Native American students into lucrative science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. The grant spans five years and is administered through the Title III Native American Serving-Non-Tribal Institution program in the Department of Education.
The grant will fund activities and professional staff who will work with Dual Credit high school students to encourage transition to college, as well as a two-week summer academy to help firsttime college students build skills in math and science, promote educational relationships and peer support, and teach academic skills for success in college.
The Launch Program staff report through the Senior Director of the Center for Student Engagement, Tim Schroeder, who is also the principle investigator for the grant.