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Notre Dame College Receives Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant

Notre Dame College has been awarded a $2.1 million Title III Strengthening Institutions grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to develop a Center for Intelligence and Security Studies. The five-year grant was effective October 1, 2019.

The grant will enable the College to develop a new Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program in Cybersecurity and create a high-tech Situation Room on campus. Other related new and upgraded programs will be structured to accommodate on-campus and online students.

Funds are also included for enhancing the College’s Career Services Department to heighten the focus on careers in our country’s security and intelligence fields and to expand internship opportunities with premier U.S. employers.

Specific Title III grant activities will include:

  • Construction of a high-tech situation room and two high-tech simulation classrooms for cybersecurity, intelligence studies and emergency management
  • Curriculum development;
  • Furniture and technology upgrades for the classrooms
  • Furniture and technology upgrades for the Career Services Department
  • Furniture and technology upgrades for a collaborative learning space in the College library
  • Funding to build the College endowment


Florentine Hoelker, Ph.D.
Dean, Notre Dame College Finn Center
Regina Hall Second Floor

About Title III Strengthening Institution Grants

Under U.S. Department of Education Title III funding, grants may be used for planning, faculty development and establishing program-related endowment funds. Administrative management as well as the development and improvement of academic programs are supported. Other projects include joint use of instructional facilities, construction and maintenance and student service programs designed to improve academic success. There is a focus on innovative, customized, instruction courses designed to help retain students and move the students rapidly into core courses and through program completion.

The Strengthening Institutions program provides funding to support institutions of higher education to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institution’s academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability. Funds may be used for a myriad of purposes including: planning, faculty development, and establishing endowment funds. Administrative management and the development and improvement of academic programs also are supported.

More information about U.S. DOE Title III programs can be found at