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2015 June 26 - 04:55 pm

Grants & Gifts

A summary listing of colleges and institutions receiving grants and gifts

Riverside Community College District was awarded nearly $12.9 million, the single largest competitive grant in the district’s history, by the California Department of Education. The grant will fund the Career Readiness through Education and Strategic Training (CREST) program at Norco College. The funds will deliver 18 new Career Technical Education pathways. The grant application includes $59 million in matching funds from consortium members in western Riverside County Project. CREST is a collaborative grant with a regional consortium comprised of 121 people from 11 unified school districts, 28 high schools, one middle school, two community college districts, four community colleges, the Riverside County Office of Education, County CTE/ROP division, Riverside County Workforce Investment Board, three adult and alternative learning centers, one virtual high school, and 70 industry/community partners. The monies will fund CTE pathways across three vitally important industry sectors: information and communication technologies, manufacturing and product development/advanced manufacturing, and health science and medical technology.

A $127,303 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission has made it possible for the development of a new Fast Start Program in precision manufacturing technology at South Texas College this fall. The program will provide individuals that have working experience the opportunity to receive a certificate in a compressed amount of time. In this program, students will engage in coursework to gain technical skills in general basic manufacturing, with the curricula incorporating a variety of course studies and machine equipment. The program will consist of six classes to facilitate the earning of credits and provide a faster route to the workforce. The accelerated options built into the Fast Start Programs in PMT certificate are designed for students that have at least one year of industry experience.

Trenton Hall Annex, a soon-to-be constructed building on the Trenton campus of Mercer County Community College (N.J.), will be a work of art, thanks in part to a $60,000 grant from Investors Bank, in partnership with the Roma Bank Community Foundation. Construction will start in the next few weeks on the building, which will house a street-level art gallery open to the public, classrooms, and a multipurpose room.

The art gallery and multipurpose room are designed for the entire Trenton community to enjoy. On the floors above, there will be classrooms for fashion merchandising, technology and cyber security programs, and laboratories for students who are studying to be nurse assistants. MCCC applied for the grant from Roma Bank Community Foundation; Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in early 2014.

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