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2010 October 18 - 12:00 am

GRANTS & GIFTS:

  • Oakton Community College in Illinois has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support the College’s TRiO program. The funding provides services for eligible first-generation college students, as well as those who display a financial need or have a documented disability. The college also was the recipient of a $40,000 grant from the National Center of Academic Transformation to support “Changing the Equation,” a program to redesign developmental math courses.

  • Baltimore City Community College has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to receive a $91,798 grant for its citizenship preparation program, which it operates at locations throughout the state of Maryland. The program provides students with the civics knowledge and English language skills needed to pass the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization review, and it offers courses at all proficiency levels. The Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program is offered through the Office of Citizenship within USCIS, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security. The grant provides federal funding to eligible organizations to promote the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. In total, a competitive grants fund of approximately $4.5 million will support the expansion of citizenship services in communities nationwide.

  • Edison State College in Florida received official notification of a five-year grant award from the U.S. Department of Education to continue its successful Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO Program. The SSS Program is 100 percent federally funded through a Title IV grant from the U. S. Department of Education. The college will receive $293,846 for the first year of the grant period with the value of the grant for the five-year award being $1.5 million. The purpose of the program is to provide academic and other support services to increase students’ retention and graduation rates and facilitate transfer from two-year to 4-year degree programs and to foster an institutional climate of support for participants.

  • In the future, when students in a pilot financial literacy program at Baltimore City Community College sit down to balance their checkbooks, they will approach the task more confident in their ability to get things to add up — thanks to a $10,000 grant from the M&T Charitable Foundation. The award was made recently by M&T in response to a competitive proposal from a partnership comprised of the BCCC Foundation, the college’s Business and Continuing Education Division and BCCC, in partnership with the American Financial Services Association Education Foundation. Sonja Wells, M&T Bank vice president and member of the BCCC Foundation Board of Directors, called the partnership’s proposal “right on the money.” BCCC intends to expand the integration of MoneySKILL® into other non-credit offerings once the pilot is implemented.
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