Seminole State receives $2 million grant from U.S. Department of Education

Monday, November 2, 2020
Written by: Emily Hollingshead

Awarded with a Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Seminole State College of Florida is as ready as ever to help its students GO Far. The $2,238,000 grant will run over five years and be used to bolster student outcomes, specifically in the health and public safety fields.

The Title III Strengthening Institutions grant was created by the Department of Education to help eligible institutions of higher education expand their capacity to serve low-income students. Seminole State aims to use the grant to:

  • Enhance student outreach and support services by the development of a guided pathway to assist students in general education gateway courses such as biology and English.
  • Strengthen equity opportunities for all students.
  • Close achievement gaps in gateway courses where students are at risk of failure or withdrawal.

Dr. Cheryl Cicotti, associate vice president of the School of Business, Health and Public Safety, is serving as project director for the grant. “Ensuring that all students have the support they need to be successful in these early gateway courses is essential not only for building their confidence, but for them to capitalize on opportunities in the nursing, health and public safety programs,” Cicotti said. “The demand for professionals in these fields is on the rise, and this grant helps us better prepare a diverse pool of graduates who will excel in the field.”

The College plans to utilize an activity director to work with deans, faculty and student services for recruitment and retention as well as an outreach/advising developer to assist students in academic and personal concerns that could affect their progression.

The grant will also facilitate the creation of a student learning hub that will act as a physical space for mentoring, tutoring and studying. Faculty can use funds for professional development and will develop further curriculum that incorporates specific career applications of the nursing, health and public safety fields into their courses.

To learn more about all Seminole State offers and to apply, visit Registration for Spring Term classes, begins Nov. 5.

About Seminole State College of Florida

Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 100,000 credentials, from bachelor's degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit and get social with us

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About the Center for Public Safety

Seminole State's Center for Public Safety is a statewide educational resource for all aspects of criminal justice, fire science and EMS. In addition to preparing future first responders, the Center for Public Safety provides advanced, specialized and in-service training for current law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics. The College also offers students an Associate in Science degree in all three disciplines. Visit for more information.

About the Nursing program

Seminole State College’s Nursing Program, part of the Ann Wiggins Moore Center for Nursing and Healthcare Professionals, is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation. Based at the Altamonte Springs Campus, the program’s facilities feature state-of-the-art healthcare labs and high-tech patient simulators. To learn more, go to