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2011 June 13 - 12:00 am

GRANTS AND GIFTS:

  • The van Ameringen Foundation Inc. recently awarded Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County Community College a $100,000 grant in support of the development of the Partnership On Work Enrichment and Readiness for Transitional Age Youth program. POWER TAY is an educational and career readiness program for adolescents and young adults between the ages of 16 and 28 who have a diagnosable mental illness that has led to functional impairments in education and work. With the funds from the foundation, the program will enroll targeted students in a two-credit college orientation class. During the 14-week course, students will learn such skills as successful college strategies, balancing school and work with life activities, time management, goal-setting and decision-making, professionalism, ethics and boundary setting, healthy leisure time activities and career assessment. A peer mentor coordinator will monitor the weekly class and match students with past graduates with similar career or educational programs.

  • Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, children and teachers at Pennsylvania’s Northampton Community College Reibman and Hannig children’s centers will soon be exploring the unexpected elements in art that spur imagination and challenge artistic thinking. The $25,000 Learning Through the Arts grant will support two artists-in-residence, as well as guest artists, who will provide additional opportunities for children to experience exemplary works of art in live form. Professional development will increase the artistic knowledge and skills of classroom teachers so that they are able to effectively support and stretch children’s artistic skills and abilities. The grant period covers the 2011-12 academic year. NCC’s children’s centers focus on art through their “Art as a Way of Learning” curriculum. Developed by NCC in conjunction with Crayola, Art as a Way of Learning fosters children’s development by building from their natural languages, including visual arts, drama, music, dance, movement and storytelling.

  • The wind power technology program at Northern Maine Community College has attracted international attention resulting in $28,000 worth of tool and equipment donations from three German companies. The equipment will be shipped to the NMCC campus in coming weeks. The three companies are major suppliers to the international wind industry and are also actively engaged in growing their North American business. According to wind power technology instructor Wayne Kilcollins, the donations demonstrate both the excellent reputation the program has developed in the two years since it was first introduced and the growth nationally in the wind industry. The largest of the donations came from Wagner GmbH & Co.KG, a precision tool manufacturer based in Munich. The company will contribute more than $25,600 in power bolting gear.
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