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City College granted HSI designation: New $2.6 million program kicks off this summer for first-year Hispanic students

Illustration by Kevin Solorzano. |
Illustration by Kevin Solorzano. | [email protected]

Beginning this summer, 60 City College students will participate in a new program to improve rates of success, retention and completion for first-year Hispanic students through the Students in A Global Economy (SAGE) Program and the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation.

According to a press release issued by the City College Public Information Office, last September the Department of Education awarded City College $525,000 in federal funding for each of the next five years.

Overall, the grant will provide $2.6 million to the college, according to Christine Hernandez, dean of Financial Aid and Student Services.

“To be designated HSI, a school has to achieve 25 percent Hispanic-Latino population and within that 25 percent, 50 percent of that student population needs to meet the federal low income guideline,” Hernandez said.

The SAGE program is part of the Sacramento Pathways to Success, a partnership between the Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento State University and City College to provide students with a seamless local educational pathway. The first students will begin participating in the program this summer, according to Hernandez.

“The project will be enrolling 60 students per year, so at the end of five years we’ll have over 300 students in the program as a whole,” said Hernandez.

The Planning, Research & Institutional Effectiveness Office at City College provided extensive amounts of data that had been tracked for approximately 10 years. The data was instrumental in the development of the grant, according to Hernandez.

City College’s HSI status attracted the attention of Congresswoman Doris Matsui, who issued a press release when the college received the designation and grant award.

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Frank Malaret, dean of the Behavioral and Social Sciences division and director of the Study Abroad Program, was part of the grant-writing team, along with Hernandez.

“Schools can apply as long as they meet the eligibility requirements,” Malaret said. “Different schools that have achieved HSI classification compete [for the grant]. You don’t automatically get the money.”

After the project ends in five years, all the data tracking and lessons learned from the program will be replicated on a larger scale to be used campus-wide, according to Malaret.

“The benefits to the broader college community will be significant,” said Malaret. “We believe that is important.”

Hernandez said that students will be able to apply for student peer mentor positions, but finding key staff to fill positions is the first priority.

Hiring of the director and full-time non-tenure track counselor are in progress. SAGE program space will be located RN 178. The renovated space is scheduled for completion in early April.

The program will kick off with special festivities, according to Hernandez, to thank supporters who helped create the successful grant.

“We plan on doing a campus celebration, and the Student Center will [be working on] getting that scheduled,”Hernandez said.

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