Education is one of the most powerful tools we can give our children. From early education all the way through graduate studies and beyond, Brian strongly believes that all students should be given an equal chance to succeed. In order to prepare students to enter the workforce, Higgins has been a strong advocate for math and science education, in addition to workforce training programs, to give students the marketable skills they need to compete in a globalized economy. Brian has also been outspoken on the need to make higher education more affordable to reduce the skyrocketing education debt burden faced by so many recent graduates.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a federal grant awarded to Trocaire College totaling $2,128,217 over five years; this year, the college will receive $444,966 in federal funding. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP), the grant will support initiatives for student retention and increasing graduation rates among minorities.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are hosting Service Academy Night 2021. This virtual information session for high school students, parents or guardians, school administrators, teachers and counselors provides an opportunity to learn more about service academy institutions, programs, and the nomination process.
This year, Service Academy Night will be held on Zoom on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the Niagara Falls City School District (NFCSD) had been awarded a federal grant totaling over $2.1 million annually for five years. The funding provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will support Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) programs to give the city’s children a strong foundation for success.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced three local recipients of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Grants. Grassroots Gardens of Western New York received an award totaling $96,627, the Buffalo Public School District was awarded $96,290, and the Niagara Falls Central School District received an award of $94,603. The grants will introduce more locally grown produce to school cafeterias and expose children to agriculture and nutrition education and hands-on learning.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Canisius College was awarded a grant totaling $352,266 through the U.S. Department of Education’s Talent Search Program. The grant provides funding for the college’s Academic Talent Search Program, which is designed to identify students in underserved communities with the potential for success in post-secondary education.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a federal grant totaling $499,999 to ensure the continued support of The Service Collaborative of WNY’s AmeriCorps Builds Lives Through Education (ABLE) Early Childhood program, which helps prepare preschool children for success in mathematics.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced more than $207.5 million in federal funding approved by Congress under the American Rescue Plan is headed to help Western New York higher education institutions and students.
“Continuing access to education throughout the pandemic hasn’t been easy but it is so important,” said Congressman Higgins. “This funding will help keep students safe, learning and on a path to graduation.”
Following President Joe Biden’s public address before a joint session of Congress, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is encouraged by the new federal focus on families and neighborhoods.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced school districts in Erie and Niagara Counties will receive over $391 million in funding provided through the American Rescue Plan recently approved by Congress and signed into law by the President.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced colleges, universities and institutions of higher education in Erie and Niagara Counties can expect to receive approximately $172.7 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan, with the requirement that at least half of the funding is dedicated directly to students.