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2013 September 2 - 12:00 am


  • Several improvements will soon be made on the East Central Community College (Miss.) campus in Decatur as a result of a $92,000 Mississippi Department of Transportation grant presented by Central Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall. Hall “officially” presented the grant check to ECCC President Billy Stewart during the June meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees. Stewart said the college is “most appreciative” to Hall for coming to campus and personally presenting the grant check, and looks forward to completion of the much-needed project. The Mississippi Transportation Commission approved the college’s request for federal Transportation Alternative Program funds in April. The funds, along with a required 20 percent local match, comprise the total cost of the project. The TAP program works with local public agencies such as municipalities and community college districts to construct, plan and design facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized forms of transportation. The project is comprised of 859 feet of sidewalks with handicap accessible curbing. Twelve pedestrian-scale lights will be installed along the sidewalks for safety purposes with added landscaping to beautify the area.

  • Queensborough Community College’s (N.Y.) Nursing Program has been awarded a Health Resources and Services Administration Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant. The three-year grant, totaling more than $700,000, will provide a pipeline of resources and motivation for at-risk middle and high school students so they may succeed in college. Regina Cardaci, professor in the Nursing Department and project director of the grant, along with her team of faculty and staff, will identify high school students in Project PRIZE housed on campus, who will benefit most from the services offered through the grant. These students will be paired with Queensborough student mentors in the Health Related Sciences Academy. Project PRIZE, funded by the New York State Education Department, provides middle and high school students with a wide variety of activities and personalized academic guidance. At Queensborough, 95 percent of Project PRIZE students move on to a four-year college or university.

  • Tallahassee Community College’s Florida Public Safety Institute has been awarded a $60,773 U.S. Department of Labor grant for the Florida Mine Safety and Health Training Program. The primary goal of the FMSH Program is to have a positive impact on the awareness of safety and occupational health hazards in Florida mining environments and, through training, to help make them safer and healthier workplaces for miners and contractors.FMSH will conduct effective mine health and safety training classes in order to eliminate fatal injuries and reduce the frequency and severity of mining accidents. All miners and contractors of any size can benefit from consultative assistance in training plan development, new and updated training materials, specialized training, and information provided by the FMSH Program.

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