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2012 July 23 - 12:00 am

GRANTS AND GIFTS:

  • In recognition of the City Colleges of Chicago’s ongoing efforts to ensure students in need of remedial coursework advance to and complete their programs, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Wilbur Wright College a $649,000 Hispanic-Serving Institution grant.. The grant will enable the college to improve student performance and retention by strengthening a bilingual writing center to increase students’ English fluency, redesigning math courses to move students more quickly through remediation, and supporting at-risk students with individualized education plans. The grant also will help the college conduct outreach to high schools and parents so students are better prepared for college-level courses, and also work with four-year colleges to better support students transferring into bachelor degree programs. The five-year grant, beginning in October 2012, will help City Colleges of Chicago reach core objectives of its “Reinvention” initiative, including increasing the number of students earning credentials of economic value, drastically improving outcomes for students needing remediation, increasing the rate of transfer to bachelor’s degree programs following graduation and increasing the rate and number of adult education students moving into credit courses.

  • The College of Southern Maryland was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide trade skills training for juvenile ex-offenders. The Juvenile Offenders Building Skills project, a collaboration between CSM and more than 30 strategic partners from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, will provide a variety of skills training in HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and plumbing to 96 young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 years old who have been involved in the juvenile justice system. CSM was the only organization in Maryland, and was one of only three colleges nationally, to receive funding from DOL for the JOBS program this year. The project stemmed from CSM’s county advisory boards, through which Southern Maryland sheriffs asked for help in developing a program for ex-offenders once they reached age 18 and left the juvenile justice system. Data from the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services indicated that the recidivism rate in Southern Maryland averages almost 20 percent. According to projections in the JOBS project abstract, this program will cut that recidivism rate to 10 percent. Work on the grant proposal began two years ago. Participants will be interviewed prior to being accepted into the program and must commit to six months of full-time training and three months of employment follow-up services once they complete training.

  • The Associated Credit Union of Texas donated $500 to the Alvin Community College (Texas) Foundation to be used for a future scholarship. The money was given in conjunction with the Grocery Gear Up event. Three participants were allowed to go through the Alvin Kroger supermarket and pull groceries for three minutes. Funds donated to the ACC Foundation are used for student scholarships, staff development and community enrichment programs.
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