The University of La Verne was awarded a five-year, $2.8 million Title V grant from the United States Department of Education, making it the fourth Title V grant the University has received.
The Title V Grant program supports colleges and universities that serve Hispanic and low-income students.
The grant will be used to strengthen graduate studies programs. The grant also will allow the University to create two new certificate programs in education.
The University will receive $575,000 for the first year, and $2.875 million by the end of the grant period.
According to a memo from Interim Provost Gregory Dewey, this will be the first time La Verne has been offered the Title V funds for graduate education, though ULV has received Title V grant money before.
“This is the first graduate grant that provides us with options that we would otherwise not have,” said Ibraham Helou, dean of the College of Business and Public Management. “It will help us build a program that we would all be proud of.”
A large portion of the funds will be used for such things as aiding graduate students’ writing, and offering them tutoring.
The grant will also provide financial aid, mentors, career ladder development skills and an orientation program.
The Certificate in Teaching Technology will be a new addition to the University’s teacher education program, which will help teach education students to teach online, said John Bartelt, associate professor of education-technology.
The Certificate in Bilingual/Bicultural School Counseling will be used to help the master in education counseling program.
The new Multi-Cultural Management M.B.A. will be designed to educate students on local and global needs.
“This program will support students with backgrounds where graduate work is new for them,” said Rita Thakur, assistant dean of the College of Business and Public Management.
The first Title V Grant grant given to ULV was designed by Citrus College to assist its students to transfer into La Verne’s College of Education.
The second went to the College of Business and Public Management.
The third was a science, technology, engineering and mathematics grant, which will help Citrus College and local high school students come to La Verne to study science and math.
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