CRANFORD – Union County College’s Learning Enhanced through Accelerated Paths (LEAP) Program has been chosen as one of six Associate Level finalists for this year’s Examples of Excelencia Award.

Examples of Excelencia is the only national initiative to identify and promote programs and departments at the forefront of advancing educational achievement for Latino students in higher education. The program began in 2005 and is the only national data-driven initiative to recognize programs and departments at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels as well as community-based organizations that have effectively accelerated Latino student success.

The annual Celebracion de Excelencia will be held in Washington, D.C. and the winning program in each of the four levels will be announced. All 20 finalists will be cataloged in the Growing What Works Database. These programs are also promoted through events, online communications, and in the media. UCC’s LEAP program was chosen from the more than 190 nominations nationwide. Of the nominations, only 20 were selected as finalists for the 2016 Examples of Excelencia based on their evidence of effectiveness, sustainability and efforts to accelerate Latino student success. 

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UCC will compete against the following five Associate Level finalists: Bridge Program at Mt. San Antoinio College in CA; Design for Completion at Odessa College in TX; Equity Mentoring Program and Concurrent Enrollment at Community College of Aurora in CO; Pathway to the Baccalaureate at Northern Virginia Community College in VA; and TRiO Scaffolds to Success at Yakima Valley College in Washington.

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