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2010 October 4 - 12:00 am


  • Forty-one North Carolina community colleges are receiving funds to support current or new programs geared toward creating success among minority males. In the 2010-11 state budget, Minority Male Mentoring Programs at NC Community Colleges received $900,000 in recurring funding, which was paired with a $407,000 College Access Challenge Grant to expand or launch college efforts that promote the development of personal, professional and academic growth among minority males. The 41 colleges received grants of $25,000 each. There are currently 38 established Minority Male Mentoring Programs at community colleges. Thirty-four of those programs are receiving additional funding, with seven colleges launching programs. The focus of the program is to increase graduation and retention rates among minority males in N.C. community colleges and other institutions of higher learning.

  • Three Rivers Community College will be one of seven Missouri community colleges to receive federal funding to create or expand computer labs that provide broadband internet access to the public. According to Vice President for Learning Wes Payne, computer labs in Poplar Bluff, Sikeston, Malden and Kennett could be operational as early as January 2011. According to the grant proposal submitted by the Missouri Department for Higher Education, the new public computer centers will host basic computer skills classes and serve as one-stop technology hubs for small business development, education, social networking, job searches, research, and personal enrichment.

  • The electrification of the automobile is moving into high gear, and Macomb Community College is leveraging a series of grants to position southeast Michigan at the forefront of the electric-drive vehicle industry. The National Science Foundation has announced that it is awarding Macomb a $1.4 million grant to support the college’s work focused on the growing opportunities that relate to the electrification of the automobile. The initial grant covers a two-year period, with NSF expecting to provide another $1.5 million for an additional two years of funding, contingent on the satisfactory progress of the project and availability of funds. The NSF grant is the latest in a series of steps the college began taking more than five years ago to support the auto industry’s push into alternative fuels and energy sources. The grant will be used to establish the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology at Macomb. The goal of the CAAT is to create the region’s premier storehouse of advanced automotive technology; catalog the intellectual capital that exists surrounding that technology and offer it to the region; and provide small seed grants to encourage the development of regional training to support this emerging industry. As a precursor of this grant, the NSF awarded Macomb $150,000 in 2008 to study the needs of the auto industry as it moves toward electric vehicles.

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