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Pascrell Announces a $2.4 Million Federal Grant To Bloomfield College

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - Bloomfield College has received more than $4.81 million in federal PBI funds during the past four years.

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) today announced a federal grant of more than $2.4 million to Bloomfield College through the U.S. Department of Education’s Predominately Black Institutions and Schools (PBI) program.

Among the projected uses of the grant is the further development of Bloomfield College's renowned nursing program, including expanding the program's laboratory. Funding will also be used to promote health literacy among the students as a means to combat obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles.

During the past four years, Rep. Pascrell has helped Bloomfield College secure more than $4.81 million in federal PBI grants.

“Bloomfield College has an impeccable program for educating health care professionals, including nurses. Focusing on preparing students for the critical health care job market is just one of the many reasons the federal government has provided resources to Bloomfield College year after year," said Pascrell, a former educator. "Under the leadership of President Richard Levao and Academic Vice-President Marion Terenzio, Bloomfield College has actively sought ways to expand its educational capabilities as well as its role in the Bloomfield community. I proudly congratulate them on their success."

"We are excited and gratified by this award to Bloomfield College under the PBI program. The grant will enable us to create a new state of the art nursing education laboratory to help meet the region's critical nursing needs. It will also create a Center for Health Information Literacy which will serve both students in fostering a healthy lifestyle and be part of Bloomfield College's outreach to extend benefits to citizens in the surrounding community," said Levao. "We are delighted not only by the award but also the expression of confidence in the mission and ability of our College, particularly by Congressman Bill Pascrell who has been a great friend to both this College and all of Higher Education."

The grant announced today will be in the amount of $600,000.00 for the first budget period of Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012. It is anticipated that the grant will be for a total of four years.

The PBI program makes grant awards to eligible institutions to plan, develop, undertake and implement programs to enhance the institutions capacity to serve more low- and middle-income Black American students. It is also aimed at expanding higher education opportunities for eligible students by encouraging college preparation and student persistence in secondary school and postsecondary education; as well as strengthening the financial ability of the institution to serve the academic needs of these students.