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2012 June 25 - 12:00 am



  • Several Alvin Community College (Texas) programs will receive new equipment after the college received a $923,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. TWC approached ACC in April about grant funding and encouraged the college to apply. ACC was considered for the grant because it has been successful with grants in the past. Among the items that will be purchased with the grant fund include a semi-truck, digital x-ray machine, welding simulators, dental equipment, machine shop equipment and more. The biggest benefit of the grant will be the establishment of a machine trades program at the Pearland Campus. ACC has received several requests for such a program by both students and area industry. All items for the grant must be purchased by the end of June.

  • Randy Boyd, president and CEO of PetSafe, and his wife, Jenny, have donated $1 million to the Foundation of Pellissippi State Community College (Tenn.) toward the purchase of the college’s new Strawberry Plains Campus. The facility is set to begin offering classes this fall. Randy Boyd, who served as the two-year institution’s 2011 Commencement speaker, says he and Jenny made the contribution to the East Knox County site because they saw the potential to re-purpose a long-unused facility and to improve access to educational opportunities for thousands of students. The Boyds say their hope is that the donation will not only allow more students to further their education but also encourage others in the community to support the expansion of educational opportunities. Pellissippi State acquired the former Philips Consumer Electronics’ East Tennessee headquarters earlier this year in order to broaden access to the college’s many programs and to work toward the fulfillment of the goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act. A Tennessee state program that funded community college capital projects contributed $8.5 million toward the $10 million purchase price. The Pellissippi State foundation, which raises money to benefit students, paid the remainder using the contributions of the Boyds and other private donors.

  • Representatives from the Vons Foundation presented $10,000 to the Rio Hondo College Foundation (Calif.) to benefit veteran students through the Veterans Emergency Loan Program. Since its establishment in 2008 as a result of funding provided by the foundation’s benefit gala, “Boots to Books,” the Rio Hondo College Veterans Service Center has served more than 4,000 veterans and eligible dependents from five branches of the United States Armed Services annually. In 2011 alone, the company’s foundation donated more than $285,000 to programs that help veterans. Vons Foundation funds are accumulated through employee contributions.
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