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2011 May 16 - 12:00 am


  • Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana unveiled the largest donation in school history at a ceremony on April 28. The New Orleans Hornets basketball team donated a Boeing 727 jet to the college for use in its new aviation program, developed in co-operation with the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, the city of Baton Rouge and Louisiana Economic Development Authority. The program will cover airframe and power-plant maintenance, as well as the servicing of avionics. BRCC is currently in the process of obtaining the required approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration for its airframe and power plant maintenance programs. The goal of the programs will be to prepare students to take the FAA licensure examination upon completion; an FAA license is required in order to perform independent work on aircraft equipment and approve its return to service. The jet will play a vital role in students’ practical coursework by providing them with a reliable, prevailing model of aircraft that has become a standard of the aviation industry.

  • College of the Redwoods (Calif.) announced that it has been awarded part of a $750,000 grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges as a member of the Kaleidoscope Project. Designed and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates and William & Flora Hewlett Foundations, NGLC is focused on identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to dramatically improve college readiness and completion, especially for low-income young adults. College of the Redwoods portion of the grant is approximately $100,000. The Kaleidoscope Project will implement a fully open general education curriculum across eight colleges that serve predominantly at-risk students
  • The College of Southern Maryland received a boost to its annual robotics competitions for area youth through a donation of $3,000 from Science Applications International Corporation, La Plata Division. The FIRST World Championships begins April 27 in St. Louis and will include a local team who qualified through CSM’s Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge  in December.

  • Maryland’s Montgomery College Foundation announced a gift commitment of $750,000 from the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Foundation to support the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Business Institute. The donation, which will be disbursed over the next five years, will create a dollar-for-dollar matching challenge of up to $750,000 in gifts and pledges by additional donors to the institute. The donations will support student scholarships and program initiatives of the institute, a selective honors program for Montgomery College business students.
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