Bloomfield College has received more than $4.81 million in federal Predominantly Black Institutions Program (PBI) funds during the past four years. The PBI program makes grant awards to eligible institutions to plan, develop, undertake and implement programs to enhance the institutions capacity to serve more low- and middle-income Black American students. It is also aimed at expanding higher education opportunities for eligible students by encouraging college preparation and student persistence in secondary school and postsecondary education; as well as strengthening the financial ability of the institution to serve the academic needs of these students.
In October 2010, Bloomfield College was notified through the offices of Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) that it has been selected to receive $250,000 in grant funding under the Predominantly Black Institutions Program (PBI). The basic intent of the program is to provide students with the literacy skills to access and evaluate information. These skills will help them to pursue scholarly and personal interests and to contribute to their learning community and society as a whole. The multi-phase program will include the formation of an Information Literacy Network which will contain reading, writing, oral and image-based communication skills, critical thinking, creative expression, technological competence, financial literacy and multicultural and global literacy. Done in steps, each of the competencies will be incorporated into the general education program and the specific majors offered by the college. Long-range goals of this funding include adding a state-of-the-art leaning commons center to the current library building. This will be a multi-functional area for teaching information literacy.
In November 2012, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) today announced a federal grant of more than $2.4 million to Bloomfield College through the U.S. Department of Education’s Predominately Black Institutions and Schools (PBI) program. Among the projected uses of the grant is the further development of Bloomfield College's renowned nursing program, including expanding the program's laboratory. Funding will also be used to promote health literacy among the students as a means to combat obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles.
During the past four years, Rep. Pascrell has helped Bloomfield College secure more than $4.81 million in federal PBI grants.