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2014 August 20 - 08:46 pm

Grants & Gifts

A summary listing of colleges and institutions receiving grants and gifts

Pictured is the team behind the Community College of Beaver County’s first National Science Foundation grant. From left: Melissa Denardo, vice president of learning and student success/provost; Pradeep Kumar, STEM instructor and grant principal inv


Queensborough Community College (N.Y.) is one of eight CUNY colleges to be awarded grant funds to serve the college and the community by connecting academic excellence with entrepreneurship and local economic development. Queensborough Community College (N.Y.)

President Diane B. Call said, “The $11.5 million award places us as a vanguard to serve two vital industry sectors: technology and healthcare. I am extremely proud that Queensborough Community College has been selected for our innovative ideas and leadership to provide current and prospective students the education to pursue promising careers in fields so important economically to New York City, and especially the borough of Queens.”

The first of the two grant initiatives to be led by the college is The Center for Allied Healthcare Education and Workforce Development, which was awarded $10 million to establish a healthcare clinic and training center in partnership with Urban Health Plan, Inc. Urban Health Plan will provide quality primary and specialty care health services for an underserved community in an affordable and comprehensive manner through performance advancements of innovative best practices. Additionally, Queensborough was awarded a $1.5 million dollar grant to plan and implement an Advanced Manufacturing for Economic Development initiative. This project will create an Advanced Manufacturing Center focused on 3-D printing. The center will provide workshops and courses to industry, college and high school faculty, and students. Students will gain the skills to design and produce sophisticated components through collaboration with the Queens College Computer Science Department and local high schools, which will create new courses for students to learn sophisticated program and parts processes.

Community College of Beaver County (Pa.) received its first National Science Foundation Grant, a three-year award of nearly $200,000, for the project proposal, “SySTEMatic Change through Process Technology.” The project will launch the college’s new process technology program with the goal of increasing the number of highly-skilled, well-educated and diverse project technicians in the region. CCBC will offer certified curricula in process technology, develop career pathways for middle and high school students and teachers and offer stackable credentials that can lead to job opportunities in new and growing industries. The new program will be developed in collaboration with local K-12 educators and the Beaver County Career and Technology Center in order to spark an early interest in STEM (science, technology, education, math) education in their students. Curriculum development will be led by industry partners such as NOVA Chemicals, BASF, and ARDEX to meet the needs of their companies. Through this collaboration, the program will be designed to meet the needs of a variety of  industries including chemical, petrochemical, wastewater, energy, and nuclear.

Rebecca Russo dreamed of being a teacher in an elementary school, but she found that following in her mother’s footsteps would lead her to another rewarding career as a court reporter. Russo is enrolled in the Realtime Reporting Program at Gadsden State Community College — the only college in Alabama to offer this opportunity and one of two nationally recognized Realtime Reporting programs in the state. During her internship, one of the requirements of her program, she had the opportunity to shadow her mother, Janet Russo. Janet Russo has been a court reporter for 25 years. She is extremely proud of her daughter, who recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the National Court Reporters Foundation. Rebecca Russo was selected from the students enrolled in the court reporting program at Gadsden State.

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