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2010 December 29 - 12:00 am


  • The Continuing and Professional Development division of San Jacinto College in Texas has been awarded nearly $2 million from the Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund to provide training for the manufacturing and petrochemical industries. TWC Commissioner Representing the Public, Andres Alcantar, signed and presented the check at the San Jacinto College Central campus. In conjunction with Lee College, the $1.8 million grant will assist in training nearly 800 local workers in the areas of operations and maintenance, and leadership and management.

  • Nine community colleges came away from the annual conference of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship with a total of $107,400 in possible funding from Elevator Grants provided by the Coleman Foundation. The grants are targeted to specific projects. Each school received a base grant of $7,500 and is also eligible for matching grants. The winning schools and their projects are:
    Dakota County Technical College (Minn.) will hold a two-week “BizTech Academy” that will link nanotechnology, innovation and entrepreneurship education.
    Metropolitan Community College (Neb.) will develop 20 faculty members who will embed entrepreneurship concepts into their classes.
    Northern Wyoming Community College will offer workshops and newsletters to assist entrepreneurs to capitalize on tourism opportunities.
    Lorain County Community College (Ohio) will provide assistance in business start-up to adult transition students returning to college.
    Jamestown Community College (N.Y.) will provide assistance to military veterans interested in starting or expanding a business.
    Flathead Valley Community College (Mont,) will implement a seminar series providing entrepreneurship skills to independent construction professionals.
    Jones County Junior College (Miss.) will develop and implement its first entrepreneurship courses and curriculum.
    Minnesota State Community and Technical College (Minn.) will establish a regional business incubator.
    Montgomery County Community College (Pa.) will offer consulting services in accounting, law, marketing and technology.
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