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$2.1 million awarded for new classes at SDSU-IV

August 01, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus has been awarded a $2.1 million grant that will bring the addition of new courses to the campus.

SDSU-IV English professor Jeanette Shumaker said, "It's a relief and I hope we can be worthy of the grant and do all the things we want to do with the money."

Shumaker said SDSU-IV applied for the grant from the federal Department of Education in March and was awarded the grant in July.

She said this was the third time the campus applied for the grant, although the previous attempts were denied.

"This will help us offer more courses. The whole point is to help us to do a better job helping the Hispanic student body, especially those who would like to become teachers," said Shumaker.

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The grant will allow the campus to offer more undergraduate, graduate and teacher credentialing courses.

Those courses will include speech communication, English as a second language, mathematics, writing and science. All new courses will be fully funded by the Imperial Valley campus.

The grant also will aid in training staff members via new technology in the classrooms.

A press release from SDSU-IV campus states, "The ability to institutionalize the proposed activities rests on the assumption that curriculum development will substantially increase the full-time equivalent student enrollment, resulting in additional funds from the state that will allow retention of new faculty, staff and courses."

Khosrow Fatemi, SDSU-IV dean, said, "The grant request to the department of education is one further ingredient in this campus' ability to adequately serve the unmet needs of our college-bound students.

"It is a known fact that our under-served population, coupled with the inadequacy of resources for our special circumstances, necessitate programs of this magnitude to augment resources in hopes of institutionalizing these programs."

Shumaker said SDSU-IV also will receive $400,000 for scholarships if it can match that amount.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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