State and local leaders joined JFK University leaders at the Pleasant Hill campus to dedicate the Center, which was funded by a $2.6 million grant

As part of its mission to further educational opportunities for a diverse student population, John F. Kennedy University dedicated a new Undergraduate Success Center at a July 20 celebration that included invited state and local representatives. The project stems from a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education and supports the ongoing academic success and of Hispanic and underserved students through a range of services, including an innovative system to track individual student academic progress.

“JFK University is committed to providing the highest-quality support services and resources for all of our students including our Hispanic students, many who are the first in their family to get a college education,” said JFK University President Debra Bean. “The Undergraduate Success Center Serving Hispanic and Underserved Students, with its comprehensive suite of academic support services, demonstrates our commitment to being with them every step of the way to successfully achieve their educational and professional goals.”

The Center serves students with a special area that includes access to tutors, mentors, computers, and a library. With about 25 percent of the University’s student population identifying as Hispanic, University officials noted that the support goes beyond the physical space. The grant also covers an innovative system to track individual academic progress and determine where support is needed. This effort will help JFK University identify those who are at-risk or high-need, allowing the institution to begin working with them earlier, before students might end up on academic probation or fail a course.

Check out this video of the grand opening: