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By EDWIN DELGADO, Staff Writer (Reprinted with permission of the Imperial Valley Press) Imperial Valley College through the U.S. Department of Education will receive the Teaching and Learning Center for Achievement and Success grant to expand some of the most crucial services to its students. The grant will total $2.2 million, which the college will receive thorough a five-year span, very close to half a million dollars per year to upgrade and enhance the technological capacity of the college. IVC applied for a Title V Hispanic Serving Institution grant, which aims for professional development, online learning and tutoring. "Imperial Valley College has some specific needs based on our geography and demographics," associate professor of mathematics Jill Nelipovich said. "This money will be well-used for our students and will expand opportunities for academic success." The funds will be used to primarily expand the tutoring services at the college, open an academic testing center, a center to expand online instruction a facility in order to hold professional development seminars and computer labs to allow the students to access online instruction and tutoring. "There will be more access for our students to tutoring and the opportunity develop a relationship outside the classroom with the professors and faculty that will give them a greater chance of success," Nelipovich said. The grant also funded installation of a Wi-Fi network across campus along with other technological upgrades. Nelipovich said that most of the tutoring given in the college is focused on English and Math, the grant will help to expand the range of subjects in which tutoring will be available for the students.

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