Dalton State College received a $2.1 million Title V grant from the US Department of Education that will go towards enhancing the student experience, the college says.

Dalton State says the grant will go towards improving the advising program, expanding tutoring and instruction, and upgrading the college's technology. Leftover funds will be used for need-based financial aid.

The grant is under Title V, a federally funded grant program created to improve the higher education of Hispanic students. Dalton State was awarded the grant due to its Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) status.

“While Dalton State received the Title V funding because we are an HSI, every student at Dalton State benefits from the award,” said Dr. Jodi Johnson, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. “The scope of projects we are about to undertake will have a positive and lasting impact on Dalton State students for years to come.”

Dalton State hopes that the benefits will improve student retention and graduation rates, as well as provide additional support for underprepared and first-generation students.

“Specifically the grant funds enrollment management software, three additional full-time advising and academic resources staff, and 18 more part-time student tutoring and supplemental instruction positions,” said Elizabeth Hutchins, director of advising, “Additional money provides training and supplies to support academic resources and will be used to purchase access to Grammarly, an online writing assistant, for all students.”

The college hopes that this investment will go back into the local community.

“The overall purpose of the grant is to increase support for our students, which in turn supports the community,” Hutchins said. “We want to help more students graduate and know most of them will remain in this area.”