Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) was recently awarded two grants from the federal Department of Education geared toward encouraging academic success among African American students.

The first grant will fund a five-year program that will allow LASC to improve the educational outcomes of Black students at the school through the Freshman Experience Project. The effort will help approximately 125 incoming freshmen each year with academics and achieve success.

The second grant will be used to expand the Passage Program, which will help 200 incoming and current African American male students. This grant will fund a number of programs including: extended orientation, which helps students obtain a better understanding of the school; rites of passage events which introduce young men to the program; creation of learning communities that help students meet each other; linked courses which are classes that are connected and professors work together to build curriculum.