PATERSON, NJ – Paterson’s Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., joined by two of his House colleagues, announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $486,662 grant to Passaic County Community College (PCCC) to support the expansion of educational opportunities for students of Hispanic descent Tuesday.

“In no uncertain terms, the success of Latino students helps make our community, and our country, great. It is imperative that they have the same access to education as their peers,” Pascrell said, adding that the award provides further proof that PCCC is “a staple of our community, providing a critical platform for students of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds for decades.”  

“This generous federal investment in Passaic County’s vibrant Latino community is a game-changer for those seeking to further their education and fully participate in our economy. 

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The grant will directly support the “Pathways to Teaching” program, Steven Rose, President of PCCC said. “Currently too few Hispanics are entering teaching and becoming much needed role models for urban youth.  This program will provide students with intensive academic advising and support to create pathways towards teacher certification and employment in public elementary and secondary schools.”

Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) and Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11) also applauded the grant with Gottheimer calling it an “incredible investment in Passaic County” and “a win for our children, our families, and for our community’s return on investment from the federal government,” 

“New Jersey has the best schools in the country, and produces incredible students. We need to ensure that all types of educational opportunities are available to our diverse student body,” Sherrill added.

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