Achieving The Dream Funding of Special Projects

By Sam Giordanengo

Hoʻomaikaʻiʻana to Hawaiʻi Community College for being awarded three Achieving the Dream grants from the Achieving The Dream Intervention Projects Committee on September 8, 2010 for the 2010-2011 academic year. The three grants will help three different groups but with the same goal: student success.

Jim Lightener was awarded a $6,143 grant that will be used to increase student access and success via Peer Learning Coaching in the Culinary Arts. While many of the culinary arts students are unprepared for the academic work once they experience success in learning hands-on cooking they are enthusiastic in tackling more academic parts of the program. Peer coaching will enable the students needing help to have convenient resources in developing their skills in studying, note taking, organization, time management, and overcoming fear of failure.

Sam Giordanengo was awarded a $15, 000 grant that will be used to address non-English and math gatekeeper courses and to develop strategies for student success in those gatekeeper classes. The grant will fund not only a Hawai`i Community College history discipline summit but also bring in an expert on gatekeeper courses who will also speak to the whole campus on the challenges of teaching the Millennial Generation.

Dr. Barbara Arthurs was awarded a continuation on a grant from last year that will continue the successful efforts of reaching out to new students through the new needed kamaʻaina student orientation by paying for peer mentors and some supplies.

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