2012 July 9 - 12:00 am
GRANTS AND GIFTS:
- Thanks to a $3.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Central Arizona College’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program opened its doors for its first-ever STEM Camp. The camp is being offered at no cost to Pinal County high school students and includes snacks and lunch. CAC’s STEM program took campers on an educational thrill ride through the worlds of biology and robotics. Students have been immersed in chemistry, where experiments that result in chemical reactions and explosions have been the featured attraction. Students were given the opportunity to mix chemicals to safely create and light their own fireworks, minus the “bang” since, as Diane Beecroft, CAC professor of chemistry told the campers, their colorful explosives were not contained. Groups of two to three students measured and mixed their various concoctions and all campers gathered in the lab and watched as each mixture was safely lit, producing colors such as red, white and blue, as well as a sparkling effect. The STEM program at CAC is an innovative college enrichment curriculum for high school and college-aged students in Pinal County. Its goal is to encourage and increase the presence of historically underrepresented groups in the career fields of science, technology, engineering and math, as well as other licensed professions.
- Clark College (Wash.) announced it has received the third-largest single gift in its history. The Firstenburg Foundation has donated $1.5 million earmarked for the college’s dental hygiene program that will add patient chairs to its training clinic, renovate existing spaces for a digital radiography suite and lab and add paperless charting software. College President Robert K. Knight announced the gift and its benefit to the region during Clark’s 76th commencement ceremony. The Firstenburg gift allows Clark to increase the number of patient chairs in its teaching clinic by six, thereby providing more opportunities for student enrollment. Historically, the dental hygiene program has had a waiting list for its 24 slots each academic year. With the addition of paperless charting technology and an advanced radiology suite, students will be workforce ready upon graduation.
- Owens Community College in Ohio has been selected among academic institutions nationwide by the U.S. Department of Education to receive a $1.25 million Upward Bound grant through the Federal TRIO Programs to help students achieve success in their pursuit of a high school and college education. Owens will partner with Woodward High School, Rogers High School and Toledo Preparatory Academy and provide educational outreach to 60 students as part of the five-year grant initiative, which begins in September. Once admitted to Owens’ Upward Bound Program, students will engage in a variety of activities and services during the academic year and in the summer throughout their high school and college careers. Students will participate in college visits, educational field trips and career exploration opportunities, as well as attend weekly tutoring, advising and test preparation sessions. Educational services will also include monthly workshops on financial aid, admissions and the registration process, postsecondary enrollment and scholarship assistance, among other outreach opportunities.