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Liberty Partnerships Program at Hostos Community College

 

At the core of Hostos Community College’s (HCC) Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) is a year-round academic and culture-arts enrichment program enhanced by a comprehensive support services component. Currently the Bronx, New York, program serves 225 educationally disadvantaged Latino and African American high school students per year. Special attention is given to students with limited English proficiency, who traditionally are not offered enrichment programs. LPP at HCC has joined with five local partner high schools, universities and community based organizations, cultural institutions and local businesses to form an innovative educational collaborative. College faculty, high school teachers and college tutors challenge and motivate participating youth to remain in school. Support services and career awareness are integrated with the participating disciplines. Tutoring by HCC and other college students and college/career counseling complete the array of support services provided.  The goals of the program are to increase the number of at risk high school student who graduate and enter postsecondary education; to maintain strong cooperative relationships with project partners and other stakeholders to ensure LPP students’ achievement of higher learning standards and satisfactory performance on statewide exams; to reduce reliance on developmental and remedial instruction among LPP students pursuing postsecondary education; to ensure that LPP graduating students are admitted to a postsecondary institution or placed in an employment opportunity with a career path; to promote parental involvement in the educational and decision making processes of their children, while providing opportunities for their own improvement; to promote the professional development of high school teachers, faculty and LPP staff to enhance their professional knowledge to improve student performance and achievement; and to nurture an appreciation of the cultural diversity of LPP students and their families while strengthening their personal growth and social participation in their community.

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