New $500,000 Grant Funds Student Success Center for Community Colleges

University of Hawaiʻi
Peter Quigley, (808) 956-3869
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, UH Community Colleges
Susan Lee, (808) 956-5852
Director, Marketing Communications, UH Community Colleges
Posted: Feb 10, 2016

Leeward Community College graduates
Leeward Community College graduates

To help more Hawai‘i community college students complete and earn college credentials, the Kresge Foundation has awarded $500,000 to the University of Hawai‘i Community College System's proposed Student Success Center, a statewide collaboration of Hawai‘i's seven community colleges.

University of Hawai‘i Community College System was one of five new Student Success Centers supported by a $2.5 million investment from The Kresge Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The investment will help more low-income students, students of color and first-generation students earn college credentials by expanding a thriving national network of Student Success Centers. Kresge has partnered with Jobs for the Future (JFF) to work directly with the Centers to operationalize these initiatives. These Centers provide the vision, support, and a shared venue for a state’s community colleges as they work in partnership on a collective student success agenda.

"The community colleges are critical components in preparing the next generation to meet the state's workforce needs, and I'm very pleased these national organizations recognize the value of investing in our community colleges in Hawai‘i," says Peter Quigley, associate vice president for academic affairs for the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges. "This grant comes at a perfect time as we recently deployed a new Student Success Council charged with prioritizing and implementing strategies consistently throughout the community college system that will lead to a dramatic increase in student success metrics."

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