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2009 August 26 - 12:00 am

MONEY TREE: Cash Infusion Helping Colleges Expand Offerings

  • Va. College Gets $720,000 To Work On Hybrid Vehicles

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia community college is getting federal stimulus funds to develop a curriculum for training technicians to work on hybrid and electric vehicles.

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College will receive $720,000 for the program. It is one of 48 projects selected by the Department of Energy to receive some of $2.4 billion in grants.

The three-year grant will allow the college to develop five courses focusing on electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell electric vehicles. It also will offer an advanced electronics course focusing on electronic control systems for electric drive vehicles.

Business and Engineering Technologies school dean Bob Heinz says the courses will be provided in a distance learning format so the reach of the program will be national in scope

  • Calif. Grant Program To Help Guardsmen Attend College

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A new program approved as part of California’s budget will help send members of the military to college.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program, intended to help nearly 1,000 California National Guard members go to school.

The program will hand out $1.8 million next year to help guardsmen cover fees to attend college or university. It starts in January 2010 and is expected to run for 10 years.

Schwarzenegger says until now, California was the only state in the nation that did not offer education benefits to active guardsmen.

The state Military Department says in a survey, 74 percent of members said they would extend their service in exchange for more help paying for education.

  • Miss. College Gets $2M Grant To Boost Student Retention

POPLARVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Pearl River Community College will use a $2 million federal grant for programs to improve student retention.

The fund will be available Oct. 1 through the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program. PRCC will receive $400,000 annually for a five-year period.

PRCC President William Lewis says the grant will fund new student success centers at the Poplarville campus and the Forrest County Center.

Lewis says the money also will provide more staff to the school’s early alert system started in fall 2008 to prevent dropouts.

Some of the funds will help establish a first-year success course designed to help students acquire financial life skills as well as learn more about obtaining financial aid.

  • Grants To Help Pay For Two-Year Ind. College Programs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is using $31 million in federal stimulus money to help low-income or out-of-work residents complete an associate degree or vocational training program.

The Workforce Acceleration Grant will cover up to $3,000 a year for a student’s unfunded tuition costs, books and fees in two-year college programs.

Students can use the grants to get specific career or vocational training leading toward an associate degree or certificate program.

The Department of Workforce Development says grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Applicants can be low income or unemployed through no fault of their own.

  • Ivy Tech Renting Space In Muncie To Handle Growth

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College will rent space in a downtown Muncie building to accommodate students in its fast-growing culinary program.

Ivy Tech will rent 20,000 square feet in the Patterson Building owned by the World Alliance Church. Ivy Tech officials say the agreement gives the school a presence in downtown Muncie while addressing space concerns.

Ivy Tech and the church will share the building’s first floor, which will house a kitchen and cooking work stations. Ivy Tech will use the second and third floors for classroom and offices.

Ivy Tech hopes to move into the space in October.

About 150 students were enrolled in the culinary program at Muncie during the last school year, up 46 percent from the previous year.

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