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2011 March 21 - 12:00 am


  • Baltimore City Community College is the recipient of $20,000 in Maryland Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST) funds to develop an accelerated approach to the instruction of skills training and workplace preparation. The grant is being underwritten by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. According to the Maryland Workforce Commission, the grant is based on the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges’ I-BEST model of education, which challenges the conventional notion that basic skills instruction must be completed by students prior to starting college-level courses. MI-BEST’s goal is to speed up the rate at which Adult Basic Education and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students advance to college-level occupational programs; complete credentials of value in the labor market; and move into high-demand jobs offering good wages and opportunities for career advancement. BCCC is the third largest provider of adult education, English language and refugee services in Maryland.

  • Coconino Community College (Ariz.) has received a $305,000 grant that will allow the college to improve its distance education program. The grant, which was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utility Service Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, will allow the college to replace its outdated instructional television equipment with high-definition video-conferencing learning technology. The new equipment will help the college expand educational opportunities to rural communities throughout Coconino County. ITV technology allows students in distance learning locations to take college courses. ITV is often the only alternative distance learners have if they cannot access college coursework in-person or online. Coconino County students in Fredonia, Page, Tuba City, Havasupai, Grand Canyon and Williams, often unable to access higher education in Flagstaff because of time, distance, transportation or weather, will be able to benefit from greatly-improved state-of-the-art ITV technology and equipment delivered to learning centers near their homes. The newly improved distance learning equipment and technology will also be able to provide remote county students with academic support through the College’s Learning Enhancement Center and Student Support Services.

  • Oakton Community College (Ill.) has been awarded $128,532 from the Workforce Board of Northern Cook County to provide assistance to veterans and adults who have lost their jobs. The grant enables a workforce and veterans coordinator to advise veterans on career, education, and training services available under the Workforce Investment Act, and partner with Illinois WorkNet Centers to coordinate recruitment, case management, and assessment services. The grant also supports outreach initiatives to identify veterans and adults who lost their jobs and inform them about Oakton CC and WorkNet Center resources.
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