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2015 December 29 - 10:01 pm

Grants & Gifts, Dec. 21

A summary listing of colleges and institutions receiving grants and gifts

Growing. Building. Expanding. Those are the economic and workforce goals of successful companies like Texas Instruments Inc. Hiring employees who have the technical training and soft skills that move the company forward is critical to that success.

The Dallas County Community College District has set those same goals for economic and workforce education. Building on strong partnerships with companies such as TI is important because it helps students follow education pathways to lucrative fields where they can find good jobs and build their own careers. A recent pledge of $500,000 from TI to the DCCCD Foundation is a prime example of this kind of industry collaboration. The partnership will provide an associate degree program that serves as a pathway from the classroom to semiconductor manufacturing and to jobs for well-trained technicians. Richland College is providing $327,000 in grant funding for electronic training consoles from a federal grant it received in 2014 — the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Richland is using funds from the grant to train Texans who require new job skills for immediate employment. Those grant funds support the Veterans-Focused Engineering Technology Project, which helps meet the needs of local veterans and other individuals who seek training to enter or re-enter the local job market. TI is a Richland College VFETP partner. The DCCCD system is providing $2 million that will be used for building renovations to support the program, bringing the total partnership investment to almost $3 million that supports both workforce training and economic development for the Dallas area.

Michele Bradford, president of the Lambda Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., presented $1,000 check to Gadsden State Community College’s (Ala.) Valley Street Campus. The money will go towards tuition, books and fees for a Valley Street Campus student. The donation was made to Martha Lavender, president of Gadsden State Community College, and Carl Byers, director of the Valley Street Campus. It is a part of the sorority’s celebration of 40 years of service to the Gadsden community as well as the “Think HBCU” national campaign. The Valley Street Campus recently celebrated its 55th anniversary, making it the second oldest component of Gadsden State. It was formally established as the Gadsden Vocational Trade School, a private vocational training school for Black Americans. It became a part of Gadsden State Community College in 1985.

Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility, which is why Red Rocks Community College has partnered with the Jefferson Center for Mental Health to develop the Suicide Prevention Project. The Suicide Prevention Project is funded by a $274,405 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. The three-year grant will support developing a comprehensive suicide prevention plan for the College. The plan will include the development of a network linking the campus to the community. Red Rocks will also engage faculty and staff in training with the goal of creating a campus culture free from stigma around seeking help for mental and behavioral health issues. The Suicide Prevention Project is a proactive approach that will foster a culture of help seeking on the Red Rocks campus, aimed at reducing negative attitudes towards seeking care for mental health and substance use disorders. Red Rocks’ diverse population includes veterans and members of the GLBT community. The Suicide Prevention Project prepares the Red Rocks community to recognize and prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

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