Union College receives grant from Bank of America to support college’s growing Hispanic population

CRANFORD, NJ, September 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — union college of Union County, New Jersey announces that it has received a grant from Bank of America to elevate and accelerate the pathway of Hispanic students into targeted health care programs.

The two years, $220,000 the grant will support Hispanic-Latino students pursuing careers in healthcare through its progress Initiative. The program was created to help Hispano-Latinos achieve upward economic mobility through healthcare careers, while helping to increase representation and address the shortage of sensitive Spanish-speaking healthcare providers. Culture.

Under the initiative, education company EAB will provide research, technology, marketing and consulting services to participating institutions. Over the next two years, the initiative is expected to help more than 6,200 Hispanic-Latino students nationwide engage in healthcare-related programs, doubling the current student rate.

The progress Initiative to union aims to increase retention, course completion rates, and licensure success rates for Hispanic adult students in targeted healthcare programs such as nursing, physical therapist assistant, and social services. progress supports Union County growing Hispanic population and the College’s continued commitment to advancing non-traditional students into high-demand careers. While almost 40% of all union college students are Hispanic, only 27% of students enrolled in targeted healthcare programs are Hispanic. Moreover, despite high proportions of Hispanic residents in Union County and enrolled in college, Hispanics make up about 20 percent of the county’s health care workforce. The initiative will provide these students with a space to collaborate, receive resources, and access various support networks to promote academic and career success. The initiative will aim to provide students with the following:

  • Intensive cohort-based tutoring and test preparation;
  • Emergency financial assistance in the form of allowances;
  • A bilingual student services specialist who will serve as an advisor and mentor;
  • Cultural events and activities at union campus.

“At Union, we are proud to be a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution based on our enrollment of Hispanic students. Nearly half of our students are Hispanic,” says College President, dr. Margaret M. McMenamin. “This is a valuable opportunity to help a large underserved group in our community, particularly in the area of ​​healthcare, an area more needed than ever. This will be a fruitful and valuable partnership for our community.”

“By focusing on high-demand programs in the health sector, progress helps create a pathway for Union County Hispanic student population to fulfilling careers,” said Alberto GarofaloPresident of the Bank of America New Jersey. “The demand for healthcare services will only increase in the years to come, and through this program, we are able to help Hispanic students be part of the solution and create a better future for themselves. and future generations.”

Beginning in the fall 2022 semester, Progresando will provide students with career paths and opportunities in the health sector. Thanks to the support of Bank of America, of the union Hispanic students in these programs will receive the help they need to further their education and obtain the resources and support necessary for their continued success.

The progress initiative is available to current and prospective students. For more information on progress eligibility, please contact Dr. Elizabeth RamosDean of the Elizabeth Campus and the Institute of Intensive English at [email protected].

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Union College is a comprehensive public community college offering high quality educational programs that are affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. Union County Region. It is the first of from New Jersey 18 associate degree colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. union was named one of 25 semi-finalists for the 2023 Aspen Award for Community College Excellence. The College has nearly 20,000 credit, noncredit, and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree. For more information, visit www.ucc.edu or check out the College’s social media platforms, @UnionCollege_NJ on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.

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Journalists can contact:

Jaime Segal, Union County College
Phone: 908.709.7501

Marguerite Ortuso, Union County College
Phone: 908.709.7054

AnnMarie McDonaldBank of America
Phone: 332.234.8635
[email protected]

SOURCE Bank of America Corporation