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2011 February 7 - 12:00 am


  • Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County Community College Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of T D Bank. The grant supports the new Green STEM summer program entitled “How Scientists View the Environment” for 20 disadvantaged middle school youth from the Pottstown and surrounding areas. The program compliments the college’s efforts around environmental education and the development of the Riverfront Academic and Heritage Center. Introduced in 2008, an associate in science program prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university for high-demand careers in such areas as ecology, hydrology, air and water quality compliance, regional planning and interpretive education in the private, governmental and non-profit sectors.

  • Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Ill., has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Rice Foundation to help underwrite the purchase of software and a medication dispenser as learning aids for students enrolled in the pharmaceutical preparation, pharmacy technician, and nursing programs.

  • The Texas Governor’s Office has awarded a grant totaling approximately $793,000 to Texarkana College. The Texas Military Preparedness Commission Grant will be used to purchase equipment used for training employees at the Red River Army Depot, including Department of Defense contractors such as Day & Zimmerman, URS Corporation-Lear Siegler Services, and M2 Services. These funds are part of the $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. Alan Rasco, president of Texarkana College, is thrilled with this opportunity. The Texarkana College Red River Army Depot Training Project is designed to provide training needed by workers at RRAD and those that are impacted by Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission actions, such as the closure of Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant. Workers impacted by reduced operations at RRAD in the Theatre Readiness Monitoring Directorate and Red River Munitions Center will also be included. As many as 715 positions will be eliminated through BRAC during a two-year period ending on Sept. 30.
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