Pulaski Technical College has been awarded nearly $2 million from the United States Department of Education through the Strengthening Institutions Program.
The college will receive about $399,955 a year for five years to support instructional methods proven effective with at-risk students, including those who are the first in their families to attend college and those who are under-prepared for college work.
Pulaski Technical College was one of 35 institutions of higher learning nationwide that received the grant. The only other school in Arkansas to receive the award was North Arkansas College in Harrison.
"This is the first year we've applied for this grant," said Cindy Harkey, vice president of student services. "It's a very competitive grant, and we're just very excited about getting it because it will go a long way in helping us promote student success."
The Strengthening Institutions Program provides grants to colleges and universities to improve their academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability.
The grant will provide professional development opportunities for faculty through an instructional development lab and foster student learning in an academic support center.
The college will hire a coordinator, an activity director, an academic program specialist, a support services specialist, a data analyst/assistant and a student tracking specialist with grant funds.
Also, 11.8 percent of the Title III funds will be allocated to an endowment, which will be matched. The Pulaski Technical College Foundation is working to secure private, matching funds.
U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and Representative Vic Snyder joined together in announcing the grant.
"Pulaski Tech is an exceptional college with a rapidly growing student population and unique needs," U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder said. "This funding will help them meet those needs and continue to provide a great educational opportunity for people in central Arkansas."
"Pulaski Technical College provides people living in central Arkansas access to an affordable, quality education," Sen. Lincoln said. "These federal dollars will allow Pulaski Tech to build upon its success of serving the educational needs of many Arkansans."
"Pulaski Tech is booming with new growth and educational opportunities, and this much-needed grant will help the college continue expanding its capacity to serve the community," Sen. Pryor said.