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2011 February 21 - 12:00 am


  • The Louisiana Community and Technical College System Foundation accepted a $1 million donation from the Dow Chemical Company to support the construction of the new Capital Area Technical College Westside Campus. The $1 million grant by Dow to the LCTCS Foundation is the largest donation ever made to the foundation and will support the development of an industrial maintenance curriculum in Iberville Parish. The new CATC Westside Campus construction is the result of a government/industry partnership that includes funding and support from numerous government agencies and Dow. The new facility is being designed to accommodate expansion as the college grows. Construction is expected to begin in September, with the school opening in 2012.

  • Officials with Northern Maine Community College and the Northern Maine Community College Foundation announced one of the largest private contributions ever given to a community college in Maine. The $1.2 million gift is the largest donation to date to an Aroostook County higher education institution. The gift was provided by California resident and Presque Isle native Mary Smith in honor and memory of the life of her late husband, Rodney Smith. He was a native of England who achieved extraordinary success in the United States as a businessman and pioneer in the semi-conductor industry, despite an impoverished youth and incredible odds. His life story is that of an entrepreneur and philanthropist and parallels the educational opportunities provided to students in Aroostook County to achieve their dreams. The Smith gift is being directed to projects designed to support the emerging green energy industry in the region and the state. NMCC President Timothy Crowley announced that the college will use the funds to establish the Northern Maine Center for Excellence in Alternative Energy Training and Education, a project that was conceptualized by college officials in hopes of finding funding sources.

  • The Richard King Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant totaling $3 million to the Community College of Allegheny County Educational Foundation. The grant is the largest single gift to CCAC in the college’s 45-year history. A $1.27 million portion will provide equipment for CCAC’s allied health programs, which have been ranked second nationally for the number of associate degrees awarded annually by two-year institutions. A $810,000 portion will fund a simulated instructional lab and faculty for the college’s Green Institute, which promotes careers and public education in energy-efficient practices and technologies. A new science lab at CCAC–West Hills Center in Oakdale will receive $680,000. The grant will also provide $240,000 towards construction of math cafés at each of the college’s campuses and two of its centers. These spaces will support programming that encourages connections between faculty and students, expanded tutoring services and increased professional development.
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