Norco College Student Success Grant Renewed
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Norco College Student Success Grant Renewed

(L-R, Erin Cole (JFK Student Advisor), Sarah Ragusa, Ph.D. (JFK Principal), Erin Spurbeck (Norco College Academic Counselor), Mark DeAsis (Norco College Dean of Admissions & Records).

Norco College is one of 13 community colleges to receive the Fund for Student Success Grant renewal. The grant is awarded every three years for no more than $100,000 per year as part of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office initiative for Middle College High Schools.

The grant will allow Norco College and JFK Middle College High School to continue to strengthen college counseling efforts and increase the number of middle college students receiving comprehensive two-year education plans.

“This grant is timely as JFK Middle College High School recently allocated additional offices for Norco College staff to continue the success of on-site services. The new facility will be named the Norco College Resource Center and is scheduled to open in Fall 2017,” said Mark DeAsis, dean, Admissions & Records.

In addition to the grant, members of the JFK Middle College High School and Norco College team recently accepted a gold ribbon award at the 2017 Gold Ribbon Awards Ceremony held in Costa Mesa, CA. The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. Read more at

JFK Middle College High School, in partnership with the Corona-Norco Unified School District, opened at Norco College in 2006, one of the first middle college high schools in California built on a college campus. Since opening, JFK has graduated approximately 6,600 middle college students, many with at least 30 units of college credit. On June 8, 2017, 21 JFK students are slated to receive associate degrees at the Norco College commencement ceremony, which takes place one week after their high school graduation.