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Middlesex College has been awarded a $3 million, five-year Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will bolster the college’s ability to attract and retain Hispanic and low-income students and allow the college to deploy a new student success platform to identify students in need of support. 

Middlesex College was the only New Jersey community college to be awarded a Title V grant in the 2023 competition. The DOE awarded $37 million through 64 grants to colleges and institutions certified as a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI), which means that more than 25% of students are of Hispanic descent. 

“The initiatives to be funded by the Title V grant will accelerate our ability to serve our students and support them in achieving their academic goals,” said Middlesex College President Mark McCormick said Monday.  “I am proud of our Middlesex College team for developing a grant proposal that was approved for funding.” 

The grant will further the goals derived from the college’s strategic plan to provide services and staffing that enhance the school’s retention and graduation rate among students. It will create an all-inclusive approach for advising students how to achieve educational and career goals.  

“The grant will have a long-lasting impact on our ability to deliver effective holistic student supports and enhance the ways we foster student success,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Scherr said. 

In addition to broader services, the grant funds will go toward new personnel who will work with students to provide the guidance and support they need.