POSTED: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 5:44pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 5:49pm
EL PASO — The University of Texas at El Paso was awared $502,361 to strengthen and expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students.
The money comes from a $12.2M Department of Education grant for Hispanic-Serving Institution Programs.
The grants assist schools in furthering educational opportunities for students through faculty development, curriculum development, academic tutoring and mentoring, and other services.
“We know that Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic group pursuing higher education, but we need to improve the graduation rate for Hispanic students and provide opportunities for them to achieve their higher education goals,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “This grant program will help more Latino students have access to quality higher education, which is key to building a highly skilled workforce to compete in a global marketplace.”