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2016 October 6 - 04:31 pm

Grants & Gifts

A summary listing of colleges and institutions receiving grants and gifts

The Baltimore City Community College Foundation announced it has received a $157,361 grant from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. Thanks to the contribution, students enrolled in the college’s School of Nursing and Health Professions will be well-prepared and trained to launch successful careers in the state’s healthcare facilities. New technological advancements in the healthcare industry are constantly evolving to better diagnose disease and treat illness. In a 2011 Future of Nursing report, simulation is a strategy that supports inter-professional education and provides opportunities for students to practice skills and learn new procedures on advanced mannequins or other training devices. “Our investment in BCCC’s School of Nursing and Health Professions simulation labs is the latest example of our continued support for programs and initiatives that address the region’s nursing shortage,” said Julie Wagner, CareFirst’s vice president of community affairs. “We believe the staff and students at BCCC are playing a crucial role in helping to alleviate that shortage, and we look forward to seeing how our contribution can advance their training in this important health profession.” In recent years, CareFirst has contributed over $4 million to support nursing education including tools that are improving training and enabling students to enter the workforce with the skills they need to be successful nurses. The grant money will be allocated toward the purchase of simulation and bio-medical equipment, which is essential to the improvement and enhancement of the School of Nursing and Health Professions instruction and training.

BCCC students will have the equipment needed to meet accreditation standards and learning objectives. The Practical Nursing and Nursing programs of study provide the residents of Baltimore City, particularly first-generation college students, with an opportunity to prepare for knowledge-based careers. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Lone Star College more than $4.6 million to help improve the academic attainment of Hispanic students. The grant money will be used to expand the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions initiative. In all, LSC will receive $4,627,343 in Title V grants. LSC-North Harris was awarded $2,587,367 and LSC-Tomball was awarded $2,039,976. The five-year grants begin this fall. The purposes of Title V grants are to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students, improve the academic attainment of Hispanic students, expand and enhance the academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability of the colleges and universities that educate the majority of Hispanic students, and help large numbers of Hispanic and other low-income students complete postsecondary degrees. “Lone Star College North Harris is developing a comprehensive program called ‘Mi Casa Es Su Casa,’” said Gerald Napoles, LSC-North Harris president. “The project will employ a variety of resources and programming to design and create a positive learning community, specifically targeted toward traditionally underserved

students.” Title V funds may be used for activities such as: scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching; construction or renovation of instructional facilities; faculty development; purchase of educational materials; academic tutoring or counseling programs; funds and administrative management; joint use of facilities; endowment funds; distance learning academic instruction; teacher education; and student support services. “These grants allow Lone Star College to continue to address the needs of our largest student demographic,” said Chancellor Stephen Head. Hispanic students represented 37 percent of the total LSC student population in fall 2015.

Westmoreland County Community College (Pa.) has been awarded a $2.25 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant by the U.S. Department of Education. U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy made the announcement during a check presentation ceremony at the college’s Youngwood campus. As a commuter college, some Westmoreland students have to travel great distances to attend classes and access academic and student support services which are primarily delivered in a face-toface format. As one initiative, the college will develop additional online courses to allow the general management and general transfer programs to be available completely online. Professional development will be offered to faculty to assist them in transitioning courses from on-ground to online delivery. The college recently created an instructional technology lab and hired an instructional designer who will assist the faculty in incorporating technology into online curriculum. With 77 percent of Westmoreland students holding jobs, the college will develop comprehensive online support services to boost success for those constrained by work schedules or distance from a college location. The goal is to provide 24/7 access via mobile devices to critical student services such as tutoring, academic advising, degree planning, financial aid, registration, career assessment and planning and supplemental instruction. Overarching both initiatives will be upgrades to technology infrastructure to allow automation and integration of college processes and web-based solutions for registration, financial aid and other student services.

Community College Week welcomes e-mailed listings for the “Grants and Gifts” section. Submissions should be brief and include:

• Dollar amount (or itemization of in-kind contributions) of the grant or gift

• Who/what is giving or granting

• What the gift or grant will be used for Please send information to editor@ccweek.com with “Grants and Gifts” as the subject line.

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