Big Bend Community College embraces its HSI designation as a calling to proudly serve its diverse student body and surrounding communities. The HSI status enables the institution to pursue special federal funding that can facilitate the design, implementation, and sustainability of academic programs, support services, and instructional facilities. These projects aim to make significant gains towards closing the achievement gaps affecting Hispanic, low-income, and historically underrepresented students.
Designed to ensure that Hispanic and low-income students in the most remote service areas of the BBCC district may access newly developed distance instruction and services. Project initiatives dramatically increased access to high-demand educational and professional opportunities.
The STEM Center and implementation of STEM Advising engaged interested students and guided them on a clear career path. New equipment and a new program model strengthened redesigned courses.
The project successfully addressed the needs of the target populations (Hispanic and low-income students) as well as various gaps in services or infrastructure at BBCC through three major activities:
The number of Hispanic students that have access to new programs increased in the Title V Individual Grant. Nursing and computer science programs, improved math attainment with transferable degrees, and improved graduation rates for Hispanic students are other notable highlights.
Increase post-secondary access and enrollment while improving high-need student persistence, graduation, and goal completion. Development of AAS options in Mechatronics and Unmanned Aerial Systems programs with curricula designed for blended delivery.
Establish access for students at both BBCC and CBC to new certificate, associate, and Bachelor of Science options in Simulation Technology, Medical Records, and Health Information, and Healthcare Administration in flexible, broadly accessible online and blended delivery. New support in the form of program-specific Healthcare Advising designed to promote persistence and credential completion.