Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XVI, Issue #14

Jun 27, 2017
The Serrano Report


In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Questions FBI Acting Director on FY2018 Budget Request and Russia Investigation

Last Wednesday, Ranking Member Serrano questioned the FBI’s Acting Director on the agency’s budget request for fiscal year 2018. As part of his questioning of Director McCabe, Congressman Serrano asked about the ongoing investigations into Russia’s interference in last year’s election and the FBI’s civil rights mission, among other issues.

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Congressman Serrano Joins Democratic Colleagues in Introducing the Community College Student Access Act

Last week, Congressman Serrano joined fellow House Democrats from New York City in introducing the Community College Student Success Act. This legislation would authorize competitive grant funding for community colleges that provide additional educational resources and wrap-around services to help low-income and minority students complete their education at two-year institutions on time.

“Community Colleges are an accessible and economical way of achieving higher education for millions of American students, yet they remain critically underfunded and lack the resources to provide adequate services for students who need the most assistance,” said Congressman Serrano. “Many low-income and minority students need additional resources to ensure they can successfully complete their two-year degree on time. The Community College Student Success Act will provide greater investments in schools that offer these types of services and help put students on the path to full completion. I am proud that schools in my District, like Bronx Community College and Hostos Community College, developed the program that was used as a model for this legislation. With this type of targeted investment and creative thinking, we can provide the hope for a better future that these students deserve.”

The Community College Student Success Act was modeled after a program developed and implemented in City University of New York (CUNY) schools called the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP). This innovative program provides vulnerable students with academic, financial, and personal support to compete their degrees, such as access to tutoring, childcare, transportation, and course materials.   In Congressman Serrano’s District, Bronx Community College and Hostos Community College currently offer ASAP and have seen remarkable results. ASAP has helped double three-year graduation rates for developmental education students.

The legislation is part of House Democrats’ legislative campaign, Aim Higher, which are a number of policy solutions to make higher education work for all students and their families.

In the Bronx

Congressman Serrano Attends Bronx Early College Academy Graduation

On Tuesday, Congressman Serrano was the invited speaker at the graduation of Bronx Early College Academy celebrated at Fordham University this year:

“I was honored to address and join such a promising group of students and their families as they celebrate this important milestone. Whether they plan to continue studying or to enter the workforce, I wish all the graduates much success and best of luck in their next step. May they serve as an inspiration to others in our community,” said Congressman Serrano.

Early College Academy Graduation