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2011 January 12 - 12:00 am

GRANTS AND GIFTS:

  • Central Community College in Nebraska has received a $9.5 million Health Profession Opportunity grant from the federal Health and Human Services Department to prepare more than 1,600 low-income people for careers in health care professions over the next five years. Over the grant period, the college plans to recruit 1,620 people into the program with the goal of at least a 90 percent completion rate of basic skills training before participants branch out into various other health care training and education areas. The project calls for participants to complete at least 1,766 certificates or certifications, and 557 diplomas or associate degrees, through CCC in several career areas, including nurse assistant, medication aid, electronic medical record keeping, medical assisting, medical laboratory technician, occupational therapy assistant and central sterilization technician. In addition, the college will work with several partners to encourage and assist at least 170 registered nurses who received a two-year associate degree in nursing to continue their education and ultimately earn a bachelor of science in nursing.

  • Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County Community College has been selected to participate in the AmeriCorps program “Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania,” which is administered through the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development at the University of Pennsylvania. The grant enables an MCCC student to enroll as an AmeriCorps member on a part-time basis and receive an educational award at the end of the term. The award can be used to pay for any legitimate educational expense at their current undergraduate institution, or to pay for future educational expenses, as well as to repay student loans. Rachel Noethen is serving as MCCC’s AmeriCorps Scholar in Service for the 2010-11 academic year, during which she will complete 300 hours of service both on campus and with community partner organizations. Noethen first came to the college through the KEYS (Keystone Education Yields Success) program, and she is majoring in human services, with a concentration in drug and alcohol. A full-time student and parent, Noethen will be working with Coordinator of Civic and Community Engagement Jenna Meehan to organize a variety of events over the next year, including Hunger and Homelessness Week, Alternative Spring Break, Martin Luther King Recognition Week and winter outreach programs.

  • The Kresge Foundation awarded the Michigan Community College Association a $1.05 million, multi-year grant to launch the new Center for Student Success this year. The new center will accelerate efforts to improve student persistence and degree completion at community colleges by forging a tighter link between practice, research and policy in Michigan. Through this funding, the Center for Student Success will serve as a hub for student success efforts, building on current initiatives to raise the state’s educational attainment level to create more prosperous regional economies. The focus will be on identifying proven strategies and bringing them to scale to ensure that students succeed in higher education and are prepared to make meaningful contributions to the workforce and their communities. The Kresge Foundation is a $2.9 billion private, national foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life for future generations through its support of nonprofit organizations in six fields: health, the environment, arts and culture, education, human services and community development.
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