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in Colorado is at 19.5 percent.  Otero Junior College caters to local area residents who either cannot afford to leave the area to pursue schooling or who choose to stay in the area because of family or other obligations. Otero Junior College has an open admissions policy, which means that many of our students have deficits in their academic skills when they enroll. The most recent figures show that 60 percent of our students require some type of remediation assistance.  

Over the life of the grant Otero Junior College proposes a single activity - “Improving Student Success.”  The activity is designed to help eliminate many problems identified at Otero Junior College, including a need for an expansion of outreach, intervention and recruitment; a need to keep up with rapidly-evolving technology; and a need for additional faculty professional development. These problems, identified through a self-study and a 10-year accreditation review, will be addressed through the development of support activities that will enable Otero Junior College to increase the services provided to students, especially our minority and low-income students.  This will be done in part through the hiring of key staff members.  

The project will produce clear outcomes, addressed through three components:

Component 1:  Developing the Student Success Center to provide tutoring, advising and support services to students;

Component 2:  Improving professional development activities for faculty; and

Component 3:  Improving access to technology and technology support on campus.  


Antelope Valley College, CA

Grant Type:  Individual Development Grant


Antelope Valley College (AVC) is a public; two-year Hispanic-serving institution located in Lancaster, California.  The Antelope Valley College service district is approximately 2,000 square miles, one of the largest in the nation.  

Over the life of the grant, Antelope Valley College will embark on the following activity:  Developing a Foundation for Student Success through a Comprehensive Basic Skills Program.  Through one well-planned Activity, Antelope Valley College will address deficiencies in programs that have the greatest

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