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2016 October 24 - 04:44 pm

Grants & Gifts

AT&T recently announced a $5,000 contribution to the Cleveland State Community College (Tenn.) to support nontraditional, underserved students preparing for high-skill jobs requiring technologybased skills in Tennessee community colleges. The donation will fund scholarships to help students begin a path toward completing their college degrees. “The programs supported by this contribution will help provide our students the skills required to compete in today’s technology based economy,” said Bill Seymour, President, Cleveland State Community College. “Creating and maintaining a workforce that is ready to meet the needs of our region is vitally important and through donations like today’s we will be able to reach even more Tennesseans.” The donation is part of AT&T’s $65,000 gift to the Tennessee Board of Regents. Each of the state’s 13 community colleges will receive $5,000 to award scholarships to encourage students to participate in programs designed to help students succeed in the classroom and be better prepared to enter the workforce. The programs will target non-traditional and underserved students. The Tennessee Board of Regents’ Office of Academic Affairs developed a curriculum for accelerated pathways for college completion. The goal is to increase completion rates at the TBR community colleges. TBR created programs of study that encourage and allow students with work and family obligations to enroll on a full-time basis, devoting 20 to 30 hours a week, including online education. Students now have the option to complete required coursework for an associate of arts and associate of science degrees within three semesters.

Butler County Community College (Pa.) announces a $1 million gift to the Pioneer Proud Campaign by John L. Wise III and family to fund an expansion of the Children’s Creative Learning Center on BC3’s main campus. Mr. Wise, vice president and treasurer of the Butler Eagle, made the gift in honor of his sister, Amy W. Wise. The announcement was made at the BC3 Board of Trustees meeting by Ruth Purcell, executive director of the BC3 Education Foundation, Inc., on behalf of Nancy Hunter Mycka and Bob Hunter, co-chairs of the Pioneer Proud Campaign. With this gift, the comprehensive campaign has raised $6.8 million. Amy Wise had a lifelong passion for early childhood education and a special talent for creating a love of nature in young students. She was dedicated to her professional career in teaching.

Hispanic, first-generation and low-income college students at San Diego Mesa College (Calif.) will receive a big boost, thanks to a just-announced fiveyear, $5 million Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The award will be used over a five-year period to improve and increase Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) progress through a pathways focus. After a competitive nationwide process, about 38 colleges and universities in California were selected for the federal five-year grant. The program provides annual grants to assist Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students.

Mesa College will receive $5,043,486 in total over the next five years. The Hispanic student population at Mesa College has grown substantially in recent years, with 37 percent of fall 2016 students being of Hispanic/Latino descent. The Mesa College Title III grant proposal, entitled “STEM Conexiones” (STEM Connections) supports a number of instructional and student support practices aimed at strengthening the college’s capacity to serve underrepresented students. Specifically, the grant aims to increase student connections through enhanced counseling services, peer mentoring and outreach, faculty connections through professional development and curriculum redesign, and pathways connections working directly with high schools and adult learners to prepare them for STEM majors. Through this grant the college will establish a STEM Center, a place where students, peer mentors and faculty will work together on classroom support, and a research incubator for students to begin undergraduate research projects.

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

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Who/what is giving or granting

What the gift or grant will be used for

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