Craven Community College receives $1.74 million grant

Craven Community College receives $1.74 million grant

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NEW BERN, Craven County – Craven Community College (CCC) announced that it received a $1.74 million federal Title III Part A Strengthening Institutions grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Under this program, eligible institutions of higher education are provided the financial resources to expand capacity to serve low-income students to improve academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability. The grant award period is October 2016- September 2021.

The grant award will fund CCC’s “Title III Connect 2 Success” program which is designed to increase student persistence and academic success. This comprehensive development program will focus on increasing student success in developmental courses and first-year “gateway” courses. For example, by 2020, the first-time pass rate of students in English courses is expected to increase from 67.5 percent to 71.5 percent.

“The Title III grant provides much needed resources, such as tutoring and advising that will greatly enhance the ability of our students to persist and complete their programs of study. Their success in certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees opens new doors for employment opportunity, continued education, and financial health across our community,” said Dr. Ray Staats, CCC president.

The addition of the Title III funding enhances CCC’s student success initiative which includes the development of a Student Success Center on the New Bern campus. The Student Success Center will be a “one-stop” destination for students to receive the learning support they need to successfully achieve their academic goals.

CCC was also recently awarded the following federal grants: $1.18 million federal TRIO grant in September 2016 to establish an Educational Opportunity Center, and $1.1 million TRIO grant renewal in August 2015 to continue its TRIO Student Support Services.

Founded in 1965, Craven Community College (CCC) is part of the North Carolina Community College System. With campuses in New Bern and Havelock-Cherry Point, Craven serves about 3,200 curriculum students and more than 10,000 continuing education students each year. The college offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as college transfer courses, career and occupational offerings, partnerships with four-year universities, specialized workforce training options, developmental studies and basic skills classes. Craven Early College High School programs are available on both campuses. CCC is also home to Public Radio East, one of the few community colleges nationally with this distinction. For more information about the college, visit