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2016 November 2 - 10:08 am

Grants & Gifts

A summary listing of colleges and institutions receiving grants and gifts

Guilford Technical Community College (N.C.) has been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to enhance student learning, retention and faculty development. The Title III grant will be disbursed over a five-year period and will be used to create systems and processes to promote consistent and expanded learning support services college-wide. In addition, the grant will support the expansion of the Center for Academic Engagement created in 2014 to house the college’s learning support services, which include tutoring, supplemental instruction and courses to help students develop skills in a variety of areas such as studying, time management and testtaking. As part of the grant project, GTCC will also expand the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), which provides professional development for faculty in order to equip them with the skills to help students have a successful college experience and make it to the finish line. The CTL will serve as the center for faculty development for more than 357 full-time instructors and 1,211 part-time instructors for curriculum courses across all campuses and offer training and workshops in classroom instruction and coaching of students, among other topics. To help students overcome the challenges that often derail their educational plans, the CAE will partner with the Student Success Center, the college’s professional advising center, to implement an intensive intervention and coaching program. The college will hire three full-time intervention specialists to respond to early alerts issued by faculty and to coach students placed on academic warning, supervision or probation. Given the significant financial needs found in the GTCC student population, students placed on academic warning, supervision, or probation are at great risk of not completing their educational goal as their financial aid is jeopardized. These interventions will help students overcome both academic and “real-life” barriers, such as financial hardships and personal crises, and identify strategies for that support success. Through projects funded by the grant, students will benefit from more proactive interventions to help them succeed academically. They will also have access to highly-trained tutors and learning support coordinators as the college adopts nationally-recognized College Reading & Learning Association tutoring standards. Additionally, students will have access to more learning support resources, including online modules and an expanded selection of workshops.


The Community College of Denver (Colo.), Denver’s only federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, was awarded $3,001,450 over five years to reenvision education and college navigation. STEM Sirviendo, funded by the U.S. Department of Postsecondary Education, is a faculty-led, learner-centered reform designed to strengthen recruitment, student retention, completion of associate degrees and transfers to four-year schools. “STEM Sirviendo is an opportunity for CCD to deepen its mission as a Hispanic Serving Institution and to create a pathway to increase the supply of a diverse STEM workforce,” said Heidi Loshbaugh, dean of CCD’s Center for Math and Science. “Given Colorado's need for talented STEM employees, STEM Sirviendo will benefit our community for years to come.”

According to Burning Glass, 56 percent of Colorado’s entry-level STEM jobs require a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, yet only 29 percent of bachelor’s degrees awarded in STEM fields. ion to improve outcomes for Hispanic students. Funded activities include faculty development; research-based programming to help students develop skills to successfully navigate college life and STEM education; transfer partnerships with four-year colleges to build transfer and posttransfer support for students.

“CCD chose Sirviendo, which means ‘serving’, as this project’s title because we seek to improve CCD’s opportunities to serve our current and future Hispanic student-scholars and help them realize their dreams to become scientists, engineers, researchers, and medical professionals,” said CCD President Everette Freeman. “The Center for Math and Science doesn’t want to just enroll students in STEM programs; we also want to support them along the way and do everything we can to ensure their success.” A unique new tool has been added to the list of resources for students studying at Westchester Community College (N.Y.). A 29-foot Remote Power Unit now graces the front entrance of the institution’s Technology Building on the main campus in Valhalla. Several weeks ago, the college hosted a dedication ceremony to commemorate this donation from Aris Wind, LLC. This new equipment will help instructors in a variety of different academic programs demonstrate the uses of renewable energy to college students. The unit, which generates both solar and wind power, includes a lighting system and a USB charging station. This new energy technology will help supplement course lessons on energy efficiency, energy conservation, wind power, solar power, energy storage, and Internet/computer control of the RPU device.

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