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2015 December 2 - 12:38 am

Grants & Gifts

A summary listing of colleges and institutions receiving grants and gifts

Alvin Community College (Texas) received a $313,621 grant through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Target Range Grant Program to update the college firing range to handle rifle ammunition. The program is managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife and will pay for upgrades to the range including new backstop/traps, acoustical improvements and state-of-the-art target positioning systems with ten individual computerized control stations. The upgrades will begin in the fall and once finished will allow the range to handle up to .308 caliber rifle ammunition. The improvements will allow rifle shooters to test for a number of certifications for professional and sporting classifications. ACC will also conduct classes on rifle safety and expertise as it currently does for handgun owners. The ACC firing range is used by cadets in the Law Enforcement Academy. Local law enforcement officers from various agencies also utilize the range for required state training.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded Seminole State College of Florida’s Center for Public Safety a $20,979 grant for six new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) devices. The grant will provide the new air packs for future firefighters training at the Fire Academy. “We extend a world of gratitude to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for their generous equipment grant,” said Jim Jollie, professor and program manager for Seminole State’s Fire Science Program. “Our goal is to give our students the best possible experience for their education and training, so when they start their careers they are well-prepared. This grant will help us to do that, enhancing our public safety program with new equipment.”

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.5 million to a network of community colleges including Mesalands Community College (N.M.) for the expansion of research opportunities to students. The grant was awarded to the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative, a project launched by Finger Lakes Community College in upstate New York. FLCC received a $3.35 million grant in 2011 to share its model for teaching science through research with other community colleges across the country. Over the last four years, FLCC has provided training and support for Mesalands Community College to launch its own student research projects. Students enrolled in the Natural Sciences Department are learning scientific principles and procedures as part of paleontological studies and water research projects. Mesalands will share in the latest four-year $1.5 million grant, along with FLCC and dozens of other schools in the CCURI network, including Mesa Community College and Ivy Tech Community College.

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