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2016 February 29 - 10:39 am

Grants & Gifts

A summary listing of colleges and institutions receiving grants and gifts

From left: Barry Bogle, director of the EPCC Law Enforcement Training Academy; college President William Serrata; Jeremy Hansen, safety service training consultant at Texas Mutual; Woody Hill, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual; and Art Fierro, chair of the college’s Board of Trustees

Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a second $100,000 grant to El Paso Community College (Texas) within four months to establish a risk management program, which will provide workplace safety courses for local employers, employees and the general public. Woody Hill, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual, presented the $100,000 grant to college President William Serrata and Board of Trustees Chair Art Fierro at a recent ceremony. “El Paso Community College is so appreciative of the generosity and support that Texas Mutual has extended to El Paso area employers and employees,” Serrata said. “We are proud of the all the job training that is available at our college and pleased to focus on workplace safety through this grant. The College looks forward to a successful partnership with Texas Mutual.”

The Sierra College Foundation (Calif) received a $100,000 donation to establish an endowment fund to help students who’ve received their associate degree in nursing go on and earn a bachelor’s degree. The foundation announced the receipt of another $100,000 gift from an anonymous local donor. The donor has issued the following challenge, “I want others in our community to get involved today! Strengthening the education of our nurses will go a long way to improve the health of our families and our communities.” The new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Merger Gap Endowment Fund was established with an initial donation from a generous couple. In collaboration with Sacramento State, Sierra College is now able to offer selected associate degree in nursing (ADN) students an opportunity to pursue their bachelor of science nursing (BSN) degree concurrently during the ADN program.

She graduated nearly 70 years ago and never forgot Union County College. (N.J.) On Dec. 8, Helen Chaney called the Union County College Foundation to pledge $500,000 to support student scholarships. She says, “Union was a springboard for me in higher education. The college gave me my start, so I see this gift as my way of helping students financially so that they can afford not only to attend college but also succeed in getting a college degree.” A 1948 graduate, she is providing support for a number of different scholarships and student-success programs. These include three endowed scholarships that will generate $5,000 per year. The donation will also address the college’s “Close the Gap” program to help improve the graduation rates of African-American students. Another scholarship will support students studying STEM disciplines. Along with support of the

college’s general-scholarship fund, her gift will set aside $25,000 for the college’s “Operation

Graduation.” Launched in 2013, this program has nearly tripled the graduation rates of Union’s students.

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