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2011 April 4 - 12:00 am

GRANTS AND GIFTS:

  • The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, headquartered in Wheeling, W. V., has made two grants totaling $84,000 to West Virginia Northern Community College after deciding to deepen its focus on education needs in the region. The Board of Trustees of the CFOV identified education as an important issue to address in the area and began working closely with WVNCC, also headquartered in Wheeling, to find suitable projects that will help improve aspects of the educational environment. A $44,000 grant will provide funds for computers for the WVNCC Middle College Early Entrance High School Program.The second grant, for $40,000, will fund a new welding program at the WVNCC New Martinsville campus.

  • New Jersey students seeking a future in the human services field will have comprehensive career pathways to follow from high school through college and beyond when Camden County College completes work under a $1.2 million state Department of Education grant. As the lead agency under the four-year Career and Technical Education Partnership Grant, the college will work with the Edison Public School District in North Jersey to compile resources, link technologies and collaborate with professionals in secondary and higher education; labor and workforce development; and business and industry. The goal is to enhance education in four nationally recognized human services career tracks -- early childhood, counseling, consumer services and personal care programming -- by standardizing curricula, providing professional development and developing student leadership opportunities.

  • The first group of students in the certified nursing assistant training class arrived on the Schenectady County Community College (N.Y.) campus this week, eager to learn the essentials toward becoming trained in the growing field of health care. The 10 students are the first to participate in programs offered at SCCC through the college’s $11.2 million Health Profession Opportunity Grant, the largest single grant in SCCC history. The sixth floor of Elston Hall at SCCC has been transformed into a lab replicating rooms in a hospital or health care facility with hospital beds and medical equipment as well as classrooms. During their 90 hours in the classroom and lab and 30 hours of clinical work at a health care facility, students will learn safe and effective resident care, infection control standards and how to take vital signs, among many other skills. After taking the seven-week course, the students will take a nationwide test toward certification and employability. The course is designed to train TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients and low-income individuals as CNAs.
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