Title III

Title III Part B, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program

This program provides financial assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to establish or strengthen their physical plants, financial management, academic resources, and endowment-building capacity.

Through Title III federal funding, J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College is afforded financial assistance to develop, enhance, and improve activities for strengthening academic programs, faculty and staff development, technology, student services and instructional facilities. The college receives these federal funds specifically to address two areas: Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA).

The Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program provides a unique opportunity for J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College to enhance its programs and to move into the mainstream of American Higher Education. The funding is awarded annually on a non-competitive basis. The program has funded project activities designed to help meet various college strategic goals. The types of activities which qualify for funding under this section of the Title III code are facility purchases or improvements, support for faculty development, academic instruction in areas where Black Americans are underrepresented, special services which improve student outcomes and outreach programs designed to encourage students to pursue postsecondary education.

The second Title III funding received by the college is the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA). Under this program, the college will be implementing a new Medical Assisting Program in the Health Sciences Division. This funding source also provides much needed monies to improve the facilities of Health Sciences Programs and to provide outreach for careers in the medical field.

These two federal programs make up a significant portion of the college’s income stream. More importantly, these funds are available to support initiatives for which there is insufficient state funding or allocations. Over the last two years, through this funding, Drake State has been able to upgrade restrooms in all buildings, reconfigure and upgrade all computer labs on campus, improve student services by initiating an online transcript request and fulfillment service as well as a document imaging system, expand the library’s offerings to exceed accreditation standards and provide professional development so that faculty and staff may remain current in areas of program instruction, technology and best practices.

Project Administration/Management

Dr. Alice Raymond, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness/Title III

Activity #1 - Strengthening Funds and Administrative Management
Mrs. Teresa Hill, Dean of Fiscal Affairs

Activity #2 - Improving Instruction through Support of Faculty and Staff Development Program
Mrs. Joyce Rentz  – Dean of Instruction

Activity #3 - Improving Student Services through Academic Success
Dr. Nicole Barnett – Dean of Student Support Services

Activity #4- Improvement of Instructional Facilities
Mr. Bruce Bulluck – Director of Operations

Activity #5-Improvement of the Learning Resources Center
Ms. Carla Clift – Director of Library Services

Activity #6 - Enhancing Academic Instruction in Disciplines in Which Black Americans are Under-represented (Workforce Development)
Dr. Mary Jane Caylor, Dean of Workforce Development

Project Administration is the executive arm of the College’s Title III Strengthening Grant Program. It is administered by a Director, who manages all aspects of the Title III program. The Director reports directly to the President of the College, thereby ensuring a holistic focus on all of the College’s strategic planning goals. All Title III funds awarded are used to help accelerate the College’s progress toward effectively and efficiently achieving its goals.