Hostos recently received two grants that will strengthen student support in remedial and co-requisite mathematics courses through its Supplemental Instruction (SI) program. The grants are a two-year, $216,000 award from The Carrol and Milton Petrie Foundation and a two-year, $100,000 grant from The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation.

SI is a peer-led learning program available to all students enrolled in designated courses. The program allows students to be part of regularly scheduled study group sessions where they compare notes, discuss class material, and develop note-taking and problem-solving skills. Sessions are facilitated by peer leaders, students who have previously done well in the course, attended all class lectures and received training and support.

Funding will also support students in the Bronx Opportunity Network (BON), a collaborative effort among a group of seven community based organizations serving young adults in the South Bronx. In partnership with Hostos and Bronx community colleges, BON has developed a borough-based initiative to increase college access among disconnected young adults.

The grants will support intensive precollege workshops that help prepare students for the math proficiency test. The better prepared students are for this test, the more likely they are to avoid spending valuable time and money in remedial courses.