Grants & Gifts
A Summary Listing of Grants and Gifts at Colleges Around the Nation
Miami Dade College Foundation (Fla.) has been awarded $2.25 million in gifts since the receipt of Eduardo J. Padrón’s Presidential Medal of Freedom from former U.S. President Barack Obama. The gifts were presented to Padrón at a private breakfast for past inductees of the MDC Alumni Hall of Fame at Greenberg Traurig in downtown Miami. A $1 million gift from The Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation will establish the Eduardo J. Padrón Innovation Fund honoring Padrón’s decades of work in ensuring educational opportunity for all. The gift will support MDC faculty in the delivery of highly interactive and innovative education programs that prepare the next generation of change makers who, like Padrón, will address societal challenges and make a difference through their leadership, scholarship, and civic engagement. Padrón was also surprised by two more gifts to MDC: a $250,000 gift from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for the Innovation Fund, and another $1 million gift from Badia Spices Inc. to establish the Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón Presidential Medal of Freedom Scholarship for deserving students with financial need.
“President Padrón has made enormous contributions to Miami Dade College and to South Florida over the years, making MDC a national model for access and inclusion in education,” said Louis Wolfson, III, trustee of The Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation.
Anoka-Ramsey Community College was recently awarded a $360,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to train employees at Minneapolis-based Kraus-Anderson Construction Company. Shown at the partnership signing event are (from left): State Rep. Jerry Newton; Paul Moe, partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Al Gerhardt, chief operating officer at Kraus-Anderson; Don Lewis, vice president, Anoka-Ramsey Community College; State Sen. Jim Abeler and Krause-Anderson owner Bruce Engelsma.
Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Minn.) was recently awarded a $360,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to train employees at Minneapolis-based Kraus-Anderson Construction Company. With this grant, the college will deliver customized training programs in technology, project management, compliance and certification with the goal of improving employee performance, productivity and customer service. The training will serve 400 employees, including 40 new hires. DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership works with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state. The program has awarded $40.4 million since 2011 to train 47,028 workers and has leveraged $79.8 million in private funding.
Classes for Manchester Community College’s (Conn.) 2016-17 Student Training and Academic Retention Service program started, with the largest enrollment to date, thanks to a $1.1 million federal TRIO grant received by the college last fall. This Student Support Services TRIO program grant from the U.S. Department of Education provides the college with annual funding over a period of five years. The new funding has enabled MCC to increase the size of its current level of support, including the hiring of Philip Burnham, Linda Devlin and Latisha Nielson as full-time student support specialists. As part of the six-week STARS summer component, students participate in cultural enrichment activities; work one-onone with tutors, mentors and advisors; and take a three-credit course prior to beginning their first semester at MCC. They also participate in a one-credit study-skills course and math lab. There is no cost to students. The grant-funded program covers the cost of tuition, books, supplies, admission to special cultural programs and even bus fare to and from home. STARS is aimed specifically at lowincome, often first-generation college students who place into developmental English and math. Students are retested at the end of the summer session, with more than 70 percent of them advancing directly to college-level work. In fact, recent STARS participants had fall-tospring retention rates of 91 percent, compared with 83 percent for all new full-time MCC students. STARS students are also less likely to be on academic probation than other new fulltime students during their first semester.