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Title III

General Information

Title III is a grant program funded by the U. S. Department of Education. Title III is also known as the “Strengthening Institutions Grant ” because it was created in 1965 to allow colleges and universities to strengthen and improve institutions. 
The U.S. Department of Education awarded Gaston College a five-year development grant for $1,592,228 to help at-risk students.

The Title III grant will focus on three primary goals:

  • Increase the success and retention rate of at-risk students (for the purposes of this grant, at-risk students have been defined as students receiving financial aid)
  •  Improve the academic advising process for at-risk students.
  • Consolidate data tracking and outcome assessment related to retention, persistence, and academic success.

Funding will be awarded as follows:
Year 1 = $322,780
Year 2 = $307,409
Year 3 = $314,355
Year 4 = $321,129
Year 5 = $326,555


Adele Earls, Recipient of the Altrusa Award


The Altrusa Club of Gastonia established the award to recognize excellence among the College’s employees. The award is presented to a fulltime employee who personifies the mission of the college and the ideal of lifelong learning through their life both on and off campus. Adele was selected by a committee made up of various College employees, students, and members of the Altrusa Club for exemplifying each of these qualities.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in human development from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science degree in social administration from Georgia Southwestern State University and is a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. Adele also serves as vice president/president-elect of Staff Senate.

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