SAC and OLLU Awarded $3.1 Million Grant
San Antonio College and Our Lady of the Lake University
(OLLU) have been awarded a $3.1 million Title V cooperative grant from the
Department of Education. The grant will be used to fund the “Camino hacio el
Exito” project, which aims to improve graduation rates for Hispanic,
first-generation and/or low-income students.
“We are grateful for the opportunity provided to us by the
Department of Education to continue our mission of student success,” San
Antonio College President Dr. Robert Vela said. “This grant will strengthen our
relationship with OLLU so both institutions can help forge a better path for
students to complete a college degree.”
The partnership grant will begin on October 1, 2014 and
provide SAC with $1.5 million over the next five years. The project will
provide services for at least 1,000 students and assist them as they transfer
from SAC to OLLU to complete a four-year degree. Grant funds will be used for
hiring additional personnel to expand the availability of advising, tutoring
and online learning materials. Funds will also be allocated for acquiring new
technology to improve student learning and engagement.
Title V was created to assist Hispanic-Serving Institutions
in their efforts to improve opportunities for Hispanic students. At least half
of SAC students and 75 percent of OLLU undergraduate students are Hispanic,
low-income and/or first-generation college students.