OMSI grant 2006

Oct 23, 2006

Kettering gets KCP grant

Kettering's Office of Multicultural Student Initiatives received a grant from the state of Michigan to help improve retention of students of color.

A wide range of support services for students of color will continue at Kettering, thanks to a Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Initiative grant for $103,900 over three to five years.

The KCP grant will provide funds for retention initiatives ranging from tutorial services, mentoring programs, recognition programs for student leaders and student organizations, cultural events and bringing nationally known diversity speakers to campus, according to Dwight Tavada, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Initiatives (OMSI). The funds also support a Saturday resource center staffed by two physics tutors that is open to all Kettering students.

In addition to the state money, Kettering University provided matching funds totaling $41,000 and gifts in kinds totaling $21,000, Tavada said. All funding goes directly to services for students, according to Tavada.

"We are very fortunate to have received this funding," said Tavada, "as a private institution this is recognition that we are doing good things here. Our long term goal is to institutionalize these programs within the university budget so we will be less dependent on state funding," he said.

Although none of the funding can be used for scholarships, the OMSI receives other funding for academic scholarships "because of our retention rates, which are higher than the national average in part because of this state funding," Tavada said.

"Without this funding our retention rates would drop," he said. "The quality of life for our students of color is better since our participation in this grant program," he added.

The KCP Initiative grant is effective from Oct. 1, 2006, through Sept. 30, 2009, with annual fiscal accounting based on the State's fiscal years of Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. The grant program is part of Michigan Public Act 340 of 2006.

Written by Dawn Hibbard