CCC/ENMU Secure Major Title V Grant...CLovis--Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University have received formal notification that their cooperative grant "Academic Preparedness for Educational and Career Success" has been funded for just under $3.5 million by the U.S. Department of Education.
The grant begins Oct. 1, 2009, and ends Sept. 30, 2014. Only Hispanic-serving institutions are eligible for these highly competitive grants. Successful cooperative grants must propose innovative, highly collaborative projects, from partnering institutions with strong track records for helping students succeed.
While CCC and ENMU could have submitted individual or stand-alone grant applications, they chose to partner. From New Mexico alone, 14 grants were submitted for funding, with well over 100 nationwide.
Dr. John Neibling, CCC president said, "I was very pleased to hear that CCC and ENMU were awarded this Title V grant. With the funding that it will provide, we will be able to enhance our already strong working relationship with the university for the betterment of the students and both institutions."
Dr. Steven Gamble, ENMU president, said, "Eastern New Mexico University is extremely pleased to partner with Clovis Community College in receiving this grant. It has been a cooperative effort which will greatly benefit students at both schools. In addition, citizens will gain by having a more educated workforce in areas critical to the economic vitality of the region."
The grant's goals are two-fold. First, the institutions will work to enhance students' success in developmental courses that prepare students for college-level academic work Second, the grant will work to strengthen the nursing "pipeline," helping to prepare nursing candidates for their programs at CCC and then to increase the number of nurses who continue their education with a BSN at ENMU.
Both institutions also built a scholarship fund into their proposal that will assist CCC and ENMU students in continuing their education.
Grant reviewers awarded high points for the collaborators' long-standing institutional partnerships and their grasp of the issues to be addressed. Evaluators commented on the high probability of the grant's success given the two institutions' knowledge of each other, their preparation, and their commitment to students.
As the lead institution, ENMU will receive a slightly larger portion of the funds to cover project evaluation and grant administration costs, as well as grant activities. CCC receives approximately $292,000 each of five years for its grant activities and will lead the nursing pipeline activity.
This is the second Title V cooperative grant that ENMU and CCC have secured. Another cooperative grant awarded in 2001 successfully addressed new technologies of distance education, diversity awareness on both campuses, and created support systems for students seeking careers in teaching.
The institutions began discussing another collaboration over a year ago. Lead grant writer David Caffey at CCC accomplished most of the grant writing, with input from ENMU collaborator Patrice Caldwell.