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2010 December 13 - 12:00 am

GRANTS & GIFTS:

  • Oregon’s Portland Community College scored a five-year, $2.24 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Migrant Education to start the High School Equivalency Program on its Rock Creek Campus. HEP, a sister program of College Assistance for Migrants Program, will assist migrant and seasonal farm workers and members of their immediate families obtain a GED to gain employment, enter post secondary education or training, or join the military. One hundred students per year will be served by this grant. PCC is hiring staff for the program and the goal will be to start taking in students for the winter term. The focus will be on Washington County, but students could come from Yamhill County, Clackamas and Hood River, where the college’s CAMP service sees interest. Benefits to students include free GED classes and testing fees, books, supplies, bus passes, cafeteria meals and reduced childcare.

  • Three of New York’s LaGuardia Community College professors have received a $50,000 grant from NASA to embed into their physics, engineering and computer science courses a research component that will have their students involved in serious scientific work on global warming. Through this project, the students will be learning about and researching a topic that has stymied NASA scientists: the effect that aerosols, those suspended pollutants generated by man-made activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels, and natural causes such as volcanic eruptions, have on the temperature of the earth. The grant is part of NASA’s effort to encourage minority students to pursue a degree, and, ultimately, a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

  • The U.S. Department of Education has awarded California’s San Diego City College a $3.1 million Title V grant to improve Hispanic, first-generation and low-income student retention, persistence and academic success. After a competitive nationwide process, only 99 colleges and universities across the country were selected for the $60.1 million federal five-year grant. This is the second Title V grant City College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, has been awarded this decade. With 37 percent of its 18,000 students Hispanic and nearly half first generation college students, the City College Title V program will focus on several goals to expand educational opportunities and improve the academic success for students. These goals include: enhancing access and use of academic support services to complete college-level coursework; helping students clarify their career/educational goals, develop an appropriate educational plan, and complete their college credits; and increasing professional development for all faculty and staff to enhance the quality of instruction and student services.

  • Harford Community College in Maryland received a grant for $50,000 from the Dresher Foundation to support a summer bridge program for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students. The college sought support from the Dresher Foundation in response to the growing national crisis in degree attainment among students majoring in STEM fields of study. Entitled “STEM Scholars Step Up,” the goal of the program is to increase retention rates among incoming STEM majors by providing them with academic skills and support to persist to degree completion.
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