Grants & Gifts
A summary listing of colleges and institutions receiving grants and gifts
Spokane Community College (Wash.) has been awarded $200,000 raised by the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation for the Avista Center for Entrepreneurship and the Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Program. The program is an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to training future business leaders and entrepreneurs. The two-quarter program helps students create their businesses from the ground up. Local business and community leaders and college instructors guide students through the process of developing a comprehensive plan and launching their business. The funds raised by the foundation will ensure the program remains strong by providing scholarships, enhancing curriculum and adding to the Avista micro-enterprise loan fund, which allows graduates of the program to apply for much-needed start-up capital at a low, affordable interest rate.
Officials at Piedmont Virginia Community College announced that the college has been awarded a $438,964 grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance the college’s engineering technology offerings and to kick-start advanced manufacturing training and programming in Central Virginia. According to Hunter Moore, assistant professor of engineering and electronics at PVCC and the faculty coordinator for the project, the new NSF grant will allow the college to enhance its engineering technology offerings to include an associate of applied science degree and a career studies certificate in advanced manufacturing, an enhancement that is needed in order to prepare students to work on current technology as well as the technology of the future. The three-year grant will fund state-of-the-art equipment purchases for a PVCC advanced manufacturing lab, a part-time program liaison to assist with student recruitment and retention, stipends for students internships and professional development opportunities for faculty. The project will also strengthen curriculum alignment with secondary institutions and help to expand the advanced manufacturing pathway from two- to fouryear instruction.
Delgado Community College (La.) has been awarded $50,000 by the Capital One Foundation to support workforce development. Delgado is part of the Capital One Foundation’s Community College Workforce Development cohort, which is currently in a pilot/planning phase to define the focus of a multi-year grant program. The gift will be used for Delgado’s participation in the cohort and developing the focus of a multi-year grant program. The cohort had its first opportunity to meet in New Orleans in January 2016 before the American Association of Community Colleges Workforce Development Institute conference. Delgado hosted the cohort, which includes 36 workforce development leaders from 14 community colleges, including: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, Collin County Community College, Dallas County Community College District, Delgado Community College, Guttman Community College, Hostos Community College, Kingsborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Montgomery College, Northern Virginia Community College, Prince George’s Community College, Queensborough Community College, and University of the District of Columbia Community College.