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Two SA colleges to receive federal funding to expand opportunities for Hispanic students

Students at the University of Texas San Antonio campus are on high alert, after one student was sexually assaulted in early February. (SBG San Antonio)

WASHINGTON - The United States Department of Education announced that more than $1 million in federal funding will be headed to two local colleges.

UTSA and Northwest Vista College will receive $1.5 million through the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-20) welcomed the federal grant Monday.

"It's imperative that our colleges, universities, and educational institutions train the next generation of Americans to excel and better our nation as a whole. I'm glad to see the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and Northwest Vista College (NVC) receive this federal funding through the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program (DHSI) that will help expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students, enhance their course offerings, and boost quality of education and overall institutional stability. UTSA and NVC are doing our economy a great service by increasing the talent pool of traditionally underrepresented folks, and this grant will help them continue their important work for our city, state and nation," he said.

UTSA will get $748,878 of the funding to use from now until September next year. Northwest Vista will get $749,270 and additional funding is expected throughout the five-year award period. It's aimed to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students.

The funds can be used for scientific or laboratory equipment, faculty development, educational materials and more.

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