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Santa Rosa Junior College Awarded $2.65 Million Dept. of Education Grant

 Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) was awarded$2.65 million in its first ever Title V grant win through the Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program.

“This is a transformational moment not only for SRJC, but for the entire community,” said Dr. Frank Chong, President and Superintendent of Santa Rosa Junior College. “We eagerly welcome the grant and what we will be able to achieve with the additional resources to serve the unique needs of the Latino community in Sonoma County and the North Bay.”

Funds will support the development of the Multi-cultural Education Transfer Acceleration, or Meta4, Program. This program aims to increase academic opportunity and attainment for Hispanic and low-income students at Santa Rosa Junior College by:

  • Increasing access, retention, and degree or certificate completion for Hispanic and low-income students;
  • Increasing the number of Hispanic English Learners students enrolling in, and successfully completing, transfer-level composition courses;
  • Providing Hispanic and low-income students access to new technology advising and planning tools to increase their academic success, retention, and graduation rates; and
  • Improving the transition and continuing success of Hispanic and low-income students to the demands of college, with an emphasis on improving student support and academic success.

We are proud to have competed in our first Title V grant with successful results. The outcome would not have been possible if Hanover Research was not there to support us throughout the process,” stated Catherine Prince, SRJC’s Dean of Instruction and Strategic Program Development. Hanover Grants Consultant Christopher Nance collaborated with Prince and her principal investigator team to review a previous Title V submission and make crucial revisions for targeted proposal improvement.

SRJC and Hanover formed a formidable grants team. Together, we made the process of applying for a large grant seamless,” Prince continued. SRJC’s Title V grant will provide opportunities for our institution to effect needed changes. We will help not only Latino and first generation students, but all students at SRJC. More will obtain degrees and certificates, and more will be transfer to four-year institutions. These changes will promote a college-going culture in our community for current and future generations of students.

Regarding this recognition from the Department of Education, Hanover Content Director Sarah Sorvalis stated:“SRJC came into the Hanover partnership with the goal of building a strong base of federally funded programs, specifically around HSI opportunities. This funding award directly supports the institution’s goal both in the short-term and long-term.”

This is the second award in the Hanover Research-SRJC partnership, the first being an NSF ATE Program implemented in 2013.


About Santa Rosa Junior College: Santa Rosa Junior College was founded in 1918, and is the twelfth oldest among California’s 112 community colleges. It has grown from an initial freshman class of 19 students into one of the largest single college districts in the nation. SRJC offers comprehensive educational opportunities, and in Fall 2014 enrolled over 26,000 students in more than 2,700 classes. Learn more at

About Hanover Research: Hanover Research provides comprehensive grant development support to healthcare organizations, hospitals, higher education, K-12, municipalities, and other non-profit organizations. All services are delivered on a fixed-fee annual basis, with clients receiving support on an unlimited number of sequential activities across the partnership term. Areas of expertise include: grants prospecting and strategy; program development consultation; grant proposal development; and ongoing opportunity identification.  Visit us at

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