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HSI Funding Program To Help Expand Educational Opportunities For Hispanic Students At SUNY Orange 

First Installment Of Five-Year HSI Funding Set To Begin This Month 

Reps: Federal Funding Helps Students Reach Their Fullest Potential

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney today announced $594,748 in federal funding for SUNY Orange in the Hudson Valley. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Education’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program and will begin this month. The federal funding will be used to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students and to enhance their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability at SUNY Orange.

“As our economy changes at an unprecedented rate, we need our students and education system to keep pace, and that’s why this is a smart investment,” said Senator Schumer. “Young adults across Orange County must be college- and career-ready to meet the demands of today’s industries. These funds will help provide our local colleges and Hispanic-serving institutions with the tools they need to provide quality education for our students. I will continue to do everything in my power to help New York students prepare for the future and reach their fullest potential.”

“Every young person should get the chance to receive a quality education and earn a good paying job,” said Senator Gillibrand. “However, the high rate of youth unemployment, particularly for minorities and youth from underserved communities, highlights the obstacles that stand in the way. This great investment in SUNY Orange will help provide students across the Hudson Valley with the educational opportunities and skills needed to be successful in school and to prepare for a future career.”

“Investing in education and opportunity here in the Hudson Valley has been a priority of mine since day one. I’m proud to have fought to secure this important grant for SUNY Orange and will continue to advocate for funding and programs that close the equity gap for every student in New York,” said Congressman Maloney.

SUNY Orange will receive $594,748 for the first year of a five-year $2,940,807 grant award for its PROSPERAR program, a transformative college-wide development program building on the College’s Guided Pathways initiative to close equity gaps and deliver significant increases in student achievement, persistence and retention to graduation and transfer. The PROPERAR action plan will redesign programs and services, improve student outcomes, and increase institutional vitality.

“This is indeed a transformative grant for SUNY Orange. Funding from the Department of Education’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program will allow us to more fully and successfully support our first generation students and students of color. With this funding, we will develop our ‘PROSPERAR: Moving Students from Surviving to Thriving’ project in order to close equity gaps and increase student achievement,” said Dr. Kristine Young, President of SUNY Orange. “I thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Congressman Maloney for securing this critical funding and for prioritizing education in the Hudson Valley and our community colleges most specifically.”