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Westchester Community College Consortium Earns $125,000 Grant

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MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE) at Westchester Community College recently received a $125,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation.

The general operating grant to the consortium will allow the organization to engage in an "18-month strategic planning process to help build CCCIE capacity, determine its core organizational priorities, integrate CCCIE’s expertise and work on immigrant education issues into broader national reform initiatives supporting the national college completion agenda," according to a press release.

"CCCIE is focused on increasing educational opportunities for immigrant students, and as part of its planning process under this new grant, will engage in various activities such as strengthening its infrastructure through exploration of diversified funding and revenue streams, solidifying its collaboration with existing partners, and aligning its work with other national network organizations focused on college success and workforce development initiatives," representatives said in the release.

The Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grant-making and investing in arts and culture, education, work in the environment, health, human services and community development efforts in Detroit, according to the release.

“The Kresge Foundation grant offers CCCIE a major opportunity to strengthen its capacity to help community colleges serve a fast-growing immigrant population, as well as engage with other national reform networks focused on college completion and skills enhancement. With this grant, the impact of CCCIE’s work will be far reaching,” said Teresita B. Wisell, executive director of CCCIE and associate dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Westchester Community College, in the release.

“The opportunity to lead CCCIE has been very important to Westchester Community College and to our Foundation and affirms our strong dedication to immigrant education in our community and nationally. This generous grant from The Kresge Foundation will allow Westchester Community College to continue its support of CCCIE and the important work it is doing to raise immigrant education on the national agenda,” said David Swope, chairman  of the board of trustees of Westchester Community College, in the release. “We are grateful to The Kresge Foundation for its support and recognition of the important role that community colleges working together can play nationally in advancing immigrant student success.”

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