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2016 April 13 - 10:38 pm

Grants & Gifts

A summary listing of colleges and institutions receiving grants and gifts

The James Devin Moncus Family Foundation is investing in oil and gas education at South Louisiana Community College through the establishment of a $60,000 endowed professorship in honor of its founder and longtime oil and gas executive. For more than 40 years, Moncus served as an oil and gas businessman and is the founder of Devin International. Moncus established the James Devin Moncus Family Foundation after he sold Devin International in 2008. The foundation gives back to the Acadiana community by supporting nonprofit organizations involved in education, healthcare, animal welfare and the arts. The foundation recently approved the funding of an endowed professorship in oil and gas studies, along with support from an anonymous donor. SLCC announced last year the creation of a one-year oil and gas production program at its New Iberia campus. This is in addition to its current programs that feed into the oil and gas industry. The program is expected to begin fall 2016, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges. The program will offer students a technical diploma in oil and gas production, along with preparation for various industry-related certifications.

From left: Susan Anderson, dean of resource development at Middlesex Community College; Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker; Don Brady, associate dean of Health & STEM; Philip Sission, provost and vice president and academic & student affairs; and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. The group gathered at the Massachusetts State House to celebrate a $117,086 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant.

Middlesex Community College, (Mass.) with campuses in Bedford and Lowell, has been awarded a $117,086 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant to expand the training capacity of its rapidly growing IT Cybersecurity Program. The grant is part of $9.3 million in work force-skills equipment grants awarded as part of the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program, which seeks to align education, workforce and economicdevelopment strategies across the state. “As one of the first community colleges in Massachusetts to offer a comprehensive program in cybersecurity, we are grateful for this funding that allows us to establish a state-of-the-art lab environment for the IT Cybersecurity Program on our Lowell campus,” said Kathleen Sweeney, MCC dean of STEM. “Having access to this type of dedicated lab space will ensure our cybersecurity graduates are prepared to better meet the needs of employers in this high-demand industry.” MCC’s IT Cybersecurity Transfer Degree Program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, or for employment in a variety of entry-level information-security analyst positions. Problem-solving and analytical thinking are emphasized throughout the program, with a hands-on approach to learning.

Oakton Community College (Ill.) has caught the WeatherBug. The college recently installed a new WeatherBug weather station, camera and web-based educational software tools allowing students, meteorological teams across the country and online users to access weather data from college’s the Des Plaines campus. The weather station was made possible through a $20,500 grant from the Oakton Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization that has benefited thousands of students, faculty and staff by supporting compelling college initiatives not met by public funds. First and foremost, Oakton’s WeatherBug weather station provides a tool for student learning. “WeatherBug benefits our students because they can use real-time data in lab sessions from our station and from those across the country. They can see live images of weather events,” said Oakton Chair of Physical Science Jennifer Cumpston.

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