Asian American and Pacific Islander students will receive extra support during their time at Highline College, thanks to a $1.5 million, five-year grant. Beginning this fall, the grant will fund development of a new Supporting Our Students program at the college that is designed to improve academic outcomes. Money will also be used to improve engagement and satisfaction among faculty, parents and community members from the South King County region.

In a press release announcing the award, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray noted their support of Highline receiving the grant:

“This grant will enable Highline College to increase enrollment of Asian American and Pacific Islander students from the community and ensure their successful program completion. Increasing support service for Asian American and Pacific Islander students directly supports Highline College’s mission to ensure access to educational programs, build community and support diversity in pursuit of academic excellence.”

Highline College is one of only ten higher education institutions nationwide to receive the grant and the only one in the state of Washington. The college was able to apply for the funds because it has an undergraduate enrollment of at least 10 percent Asian American and Pacific Islander students. The program is authorized under the Higher Education Act and supports institutions like Highline in their ability to serve those populations and help them succeed in college.