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2010 November 15 - 12:00 am


  • J.F. Drake State Technical College in Alabama has been awarded a $1.1 million Student Support Services Federal Grant. This is a continual grant at $220,000 per year for five years. The purpose of the grant is to provide a  framework of integrated, student-centered services to students who are low income, first generation students and those with disabilities. The overall goal is to increase the number of students who maintain good academic standing and are retained, graduate, and transfer to four-year institutions. Studies show first generation college students often arrive at college without the necessary skills, supportive role models and social competencies essential to graduate. The grant program allows the college to employ additional staff members who can address these needs both through specifically designed programs as well as to augment existing services.

  • Five Kentucky Community and Technical College System colleges (Bowling Green Technical College, Hazard Community and Technical College, Henderson Community College, Somerset Community College, and West Kentucky Community and Technical College) have been awarded grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to participate in Changing the Equation, a new program focused on redesigning remedial/developmental math. The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) formally announced that the five KCTCS colleges were among 38 two-year institutions selected for the program. Changing the Equation, supported by a $2.3 million grant from the Gates Foundation, is designed to improve student learning outcomes while reducing costs for both students and institutions. Kentucky was the only state to have more than two community colleges to receive this honor. Each KCTCS college selected for the program will redesign its entire developmental math programs using NCAT’s Emporium Model and commercially available instructional software. Each redesign will modularize the curriculum, allowing students to progress through the developmental course sequence at a faster pace if possible or at a slower pace if necessary, spending the amount of time needed to master the course content.

  • Snap-on Incorporated has made a five-year, $50,000 pledge to Terra Community College in Ohio and, in turn, the college has named its new auto lab, the Snap-on Automotive Center. Company representative Kurt Michael attended the recent grand opening of the Skilled Trades Center, which houses the Snap-on Automotive Center. The company provides products and services including hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems and  shop equipment.
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