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HUD No. 97-118
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Or contact your local HUD officeJuly 15, 1997


Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced that the Department has awarded $1.5 million in grants to 12 community colleges serving large Latino populations to assist 60 economically disadvantaged and minority students learning to build strong communities.

Colleges receiving grants, which are provided through HUD's Hispanic-serving Institutions Work Study Program (HSI-WSP), serve significant Hispanic populations and offer programs that prepare students for careers in community development, administration of justice, early childhood education, and social service delivery.

"The Department of Housing and Urban Development is committed to promoting self-sufficiency as a means of revitalizing local communities," said Cuomo in announcing the awards. "This program helps gifted and capable students, many of them Latino, to earn degrees and begin helping this nation build strong, viable communities."

The U.S. Department of Education determined that 89 schools were eligible to compete for this second round of HSI-WSP grants. The 60 students being helped through this latest grant award will bring the total number of students being assisted to 180.

Under the program, five students at each of the 12 colleges will receive money for tuition and books, as well as stipends for up to 20 hours of work during the school year and 40 hours of work during the summer. In addition, each student can receive a maximum of $13,200 for each of the two years its takes to complete an associate degree.

The Hispanic-serving Institutions Work Study Program is the only HUD program focused solely on community colleges, and targeted specifically to Latino-serving schools and the populations they serve.

Community colleges chosen to receive FY 1997 HSI-WSP grants include:

    College of the Desert, Palm Desert, Calif.- $125,820
    Compton Community College, Compton, Calif.- $106,500
    Fresno City College, Fresno, Calif.- $132,000
    Los Angeles Harbor College, Wilmington, Calif.- $128,700
    Los Angeles Trade Technical College, L.A., Calif.- $132,000
    Pasadena City College, Pasadena, Calif.- $131,960
    Rancho Santiago College, Santa Ana, Calif.- $132,000
    St. Augustine College, Chicago, Ill.- $128,200
    Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, N.J.- $91,400
    Hostos Community College, Bronx, N.Y.- $127,720
    Fiorello LaGuardia Community College, L.I., N.Y.- $84,300
    El Paso Community College, El Paso, Texas- $121,470


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