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2012 August 6 - 12:00 am


  • The Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio) Foundation has secured a $750,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation to implement the College Success Program, in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The new initiative, which aligns with the goals of the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland, will have a major impact on the lives of hundreds of CMSD students who will progress through high school, graduate, enroll in college, and succeed in their college-level coursework. The program has three components. The first component will be the establishment of College Success Outreach Centers. The centers will provide Tri-C staff on-site at five CMSD high schools, to be identified by CMSD. These centers will offer workshops for students and their parents on the benefits of academic credentials and the academic preparation necessary to enter and succeed at Tri-C. Students in grades 9-12 will be able to use online learning programs to enhance their computer-based math skills. Students will work with center staff to develop a CollegeMap Educational Plan that includes academic goals and strategies for reaching their goals. Tri-C faculty will also work with CMSD faculty to help align high school curriculum with Tri-C’s COMPASS test (entrance test). The second component will be a College Success Summer Academy, a six-week bridge program designed to expedite the transition of 11th and 12th grade students into mainstream college-level coursework. The third component will be a first-year experience for entering freshmen in which students who transition to Tri-C will be paired with a Transition Coach and Peer Advocates.

  • The Outdoor Learning Lab at Northeast Iowa Community College’s Peosta campus, a 28-acre parcel of reconstructed native habitat immediately east of campus and adjacent to U.S. Rte. 20, has received funding through the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area 2012 grants program. Silos & Smokestacks, which is affiliated with the National Park Service, contributed the $1,900 grant to fund the college’s design and construction of five different interpretive signs. The new signs will designate prairie, savannah, wetland and woodland habitats at the site, and includes an additional introductory sign at the OLL entrance for community members, students and other visitors. Signs will provide illustrations and photos of typical plant and wildlife within each habitat and interpret the region’s heritage using historical written narratives about each area. Silos & Smokestacks  awarded funding for the signage because the project’s goals matched several criteria, including the display of interpretive information about the area’s agricultural history, its transition to a native ecosystem from farmland  and the educational value the signage offers in teaching visitors about the importance of land conservation, according to Michael Gau, NICC dean of arts and sciences at the Peosta campus.

  • Gavilan College (Calif.) has been awarded $3.75 million for its Career Technical transfer pathways project. Selected for the third Title V grant in 18 months, Gavilan College is the lead college in this Title V Cooperative Arrangement project and will partner with Hartnell College and California State University, Monterey Bay. Gavilan College is one of the oldest colleges in the California Community College System and serves southern Santa Clara and most of San Benito Counties. The 2,700 square-mile service area located in California’s agricultural belt has a Hispanic population of 57 percent. The grant was awarded by the United States Department of Education, as one of 19 grants being awarded nationally “to strengthen and expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students.”  A Hispanic-Serving Institution is defined as an eligible institution of higher education that has at least 25 percent Hispanic full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment at the end of the award year.
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