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2010 December 1 - 12:00 am

GRANTS & GIFTS:

  • Microsoft Corporation announced that it has awarded a $200,000 Elevate America Veterans Initiative grant to Washington’s Bellevue College Project Succeed, to help veterans complete their education and make a successful transition into a career. Bellevue College was one of six institutions nationally to receive a grant under the Microsoft program. The college will use the two-year grant, as well as software and training curriculum provided by Microsoft, to support veterans through first year experience seminars on how to succeed in college. They include career advising, on-site counseling, 21st century skills training, industry mentoring and job and internship-search assistance.

  • Houston Community College is receiving approximately $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education for its Vocational Advancement and Social Skills Training Department. HCC is the only institution of higher education in Texas, and one of only five community colleges in the nation, to receive the DOE grant. In concert with President Obama’s goal for America to have the highest percentage of college graduates in the world by 2020, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the award of $10.9 million for 27 grants that create opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to attend college and be successful in higher education.

  • BASF has donated $20,000 to River Parishes Community College in Louisiana to help the rapidly growing school expand its computer equipment as it prepares to handle a wave of new process technology students. River Parishes Community College merged with Louisiana Technical College Ascension campus in September. Now that the merger is complete, the process technology curriculum offered at the LTC Ascension campus will be integrated into the RPCC’s programs. The BASF donation will help expand the computer lab at the former LTC Ascension campus in Sorrento. The donation will fund 17 computers and one server for the computer lab used by students in the process technology program. The equipment will allow instructors to use a new computer-simulation program that will give students real-world experience in controlling different processes in a plant environment.

  • Prince George’s Community College in Maryland has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to study student persistence and identify patterns that lead to academic success. The findings will be used to develop early intervention strategies to enhance student success. The amount PGCC received is part of a $1.2 million dollar grant shared by the University of Maryland University College and Montgomery College. The goal of the three-year study is to improve student retention and graduation rates by gaining a better understanding of how successful students achieve their educational goals and the obstacles encountered by less successful students. The funding will help Prince George’s Community College and its education partners identify pathways to success and design programs to support students before significant obstacles to graduation arise.
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