Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

NEWBURGH – SUNY Orange has received a $1.5 million grant from the New York State Department of Education to establish an after-school Liberty Partnership Program, in collaboration with the Newburgh Enlarged City School District and the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh, to improve academic success and career readiness for disadvantaged middle school and high school students.

SUNY Orange Receives $1.5M Grant from NYS Education Dept.

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With the five-year grant, the three partners will develop a wide-ranging program aimed at ensuring student persistence, high school graduation and sustained academic achievement. The program will be designed to serve 240 students and will also include college/career readiness training and service learning experiences for students in the Heritage Middle School as well as at Newburgh Free Academy’s three campuses: Main, North and West.

“News of this grant is exciting for the College, the Newburgh School District and the entire City of Newburgh. At SUNY Orange, we understand what it takes to make students ready for college-level curricula, and how to help them achieve success in a college environment,” said Dr. Kristine Young, SUNY Orange president. “Our strength at coordinating projects with committed and supportive partners will tie everything together and our broad base of subject-matter experts will assure the program has a positive impact upon the students and their families.

SUNY Orange Receives $1.5M Grant from NYS Education Dept.“The school district will identify students who are at risk of dropping out or most in need of this programming, and provide necessary guidance and support throughout the school year,” Young added. “We will rely upon The Boys and Girls Club’s expertise in building innovative programs and sustaining impactful relationships with students and families.

The bulk of the programming will be delivered at the College’s Newburgh campus, and will feature a blend of small-group activities including the development of individualized learning plans, as well as academic interventions, enrichment opportunities, skills assessments, tutoring, academic and personal counseling, and other components.

The LPP’s activities, slated to begin when the grant cycle begins on Sept. 1, will be largely adapted from engaging programming currently offered by the Boys and Girls Club, including “Project Learn,” “Career Launch” and “Diplomas to Degrees.” The grant’s programming will also benefit greatly from the expertise of college faculty, academic departments, and the Office of Continuing and Professional Education, each of which will have opportunities to engage in LPP initiatives.

Delivering LPP programs after school hours will allow students to augment their in-school learning through an array of supportive activities that reinforce academic lessons while at the same time helping students plan for their future. Students will also have access to skill-building and experiential learning opportunities during the summer months. These activities likely will be scheduled in collaboration with various community partners.

With funds from the grant, the College will hire a Liberty Partnership Program Director to oversee the program, as well as a Program Coordinator. The LPP Director will report to the College’s Associate Vice President for Learning and Student Success.

The current grant award marks a return to LPP programming for the College. A previous grant cycle had supported a SUNY Orange LPP program for more than two decades. This new version will place a greater emphasis on college-community partnerships, and will rely upon a stronger relationship with the Newburgh school district that has grown through the development of the Excelsior Academy (P-TECH program) and other smaller projects.

For more information on the Liberty Partnership Program, contact Dena Whipple via email at dena.whipple@sunyorange.edu.

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