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2010 September 20 - 12:00 am


  • Lorain County Community College in Ohio will receive a $5.5 million grant from the Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering administered by Cleveland State University to grow new jobs, businesses and educational programs in the high growth industry of sensor technologies.The award will support the purchase of specialized equipment and technical support. The equipment will become part of LCCC’s new SMART Commercialization Center. The SMART Commercialization Center, which stands for Sensor/Microsystems Advanced packaging and Reliability Testing Commercialization Center, will provide resources to develop sensor packaging, conduct harsh environment reliability testing and assess component life simulation of sensors and microsystems. In Ohio, the instrumentation, controls and electronics industry, which includes sensor technologies, is a $160 billion industry.

  • A Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund grant to Texas’ Coastal Bend College for $478,716 will be used for industrial emergency response training for new and incumbent Valero Three Rivers Refinery employees. Onsite training at Three Rivers will be managed by Costal Bend College. The grant will make a positive impact on the growth and stability of a local business with the creation of new jobs, an increase in wages, and an upgrade in employees’ skills. Upon completion of the industrial emergency response training, Valero Three Rivers employees will have the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide industrial rescue services; to become industrial fire brigade members; to become hazardous materials responders; and to manage onsite emergencies.

  • Iowa’s Scott Community College Foundation received a $2,000 grant from the American Legion in support of veteran students. When the grant request to the American Legion of Iowa Foundation was written in 2009, Scott Community College had 149 veterans enrolled in classes, a 47 percent increase from the prior year. This number continues to grow as 197 veterans have enrolled for fall 2010 classes.Many of these students are eligible for education benefits under the GI Bill. The Legion grant will help cover the cost of tools and books not covered by the GI Bill.

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