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2016 March 15 - 11:17 am

Grants & Gifts

A summary listing of colleges and institutions receiving grants and gifts

Northeast Iowa Community College and its students will have an additional source of funding to offset potential financial emergencies that they may encounter in the next two-and-a-half years. A $37,200 grant awarded to the college through Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation’s new Dash Emergency Grant Program will help NICC offer emergency funding to students who also receive Federal Pell Grant assistance. Community and technical colleges provide a gateway to promising futures for students from diverse backgrounds, many who are older, lower income, working and/or raising families. These students also juggle multiple financial responsibilities and unforeseen expenses — often less than $500 — that can threaten their ability to stay in college. NICC received the funding in part because of the establishment of the Student Crisis Fund at NICC that demonstrates financial commitment to supporting students and the ability to provide a funding match to Great Lakes. As part of the grant, NICC is examining how the college can build the support base for this fund beyond current staff and students, according to Chris Woodson, NICC associate dean of student services. Proof of this commitment is an institutional investment: each college is providing an escalating cash match for student emergency grants, both to meet students’ immediate needs and move toward program sustainability.

Tyler Ashby has a passion for paint. Ashby, 26, grew up watching his relatives work on vehicles. He once owned a paint and body shop and through all of this, he discovered he enjoyed automobile painting. Ashby, a first-year student at Texas State Technical College, is pursuing an associate degree in Auto Collision and Management Technology - Refinishing Specialization, and a certificate in Auto Collision Repair. Ashby and other students will soon get to use new equipment to work on in labs. TSTC’s Auto Collision Technology program recently received for the first time a $50,000 Collision Repair Education Foundation Makeover Grant. “It’s a great idea to have this equipment in the shop,” he said. Money for the grant was made possible by Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, Caliber Collision, GEICO, Herb’s Collision and Nationwide Insurance. Faculty members put together a wishlist of the program’s equipment needs which will be delivered soon. “The faculty will be able to continue to sharpen our own skills and then pass that knowledge on to the students,” said Ranson Bandy, an auto collision technology instructor. “The better we learn the better we will be able to teach.” The program has applied for the grant in recent years and though it did not win the top award before now, it still received gifts in kind such as two wrecked vehicles for students to repair. Through the grant initiative, the program has also received an aluminum repair kit and laptops for instructors to use in class. “We received several welders that our budget would not allow us to buy,” said Clint Campbell, Auto Collision Technology’s program chair. “We were able to move toward aluminum welding with the equipment.” Campbell said faculty are planning to apply for the grant again. “We need to keep our name out there and the work the program does,” Campbell said.

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