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2017 April 5 - 10:07 am

Grants & Gifts

A Summary Listing of Grants and Gifts at Colleges Around the Nation

The Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees formally authorized the issuance of $25 million in limited obligation revenue bonds to Gadsden State Community College. ACCS Chancellor Jimmy Baker confirmed the approval in a letter to Martha Lavender, president of Gadsden State. Lavender said the bonds will be used to construct a new science building on the college’s East Broad Campus, an addition to the Cheaha Career Center on the Ayers Campus and renovations to Allen Hall on the Wallace Drive Campus. The new science building will be constructed on the corner of Wallace Drive and East Cardinal Drive next to Gadsden State’s One Stop Center. It will replace 50-year-old Browder Hall, which is located on the Wallace Drive Campus. Browder Hall has space and technology limitations as well as other issues associated with the age of the building. The addition to the Cheaha Career Center addresses the need for addition al general education classes at the Ayers Campus in Anniston, which support Gadsden State’s career technical and transfer programs. Renovations to Allen Hall, the oldest building on the Wallace Drive campus, include upgrading bathrooms, electrical, plumbing and heating/cooling systems.

The Los Angeles Community College District was one of 14 districts selected by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to participate in the California College Promise Innovation Grant Program. The $1.5 million grant will support the Los Angeles College Promise, a program that provides one year tuition-free at any of LACCD’s nine colleges for students graduating from a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) high school or local charter school. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took the lead for the Los Angeles College Promise through the “Mayor’s Fund,” by helping to generate more than $1.7M to fund scholarships for the inaugural class of students. The Los Angeles College Promise benefits the city and region by creating a collegegoing culture and responding to the workforce readiness gap in California. In addition to the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, the partnership includes support from LACCD, LAUSD, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Unite LA and private philanthropist.

LSC-North Harris received $287,845 under the Wagner- Peyser Grant Program to implement a fasttrack, non-credit pipefitting program. “Lone Star College established the Pipefitting program in response to strong industry demand,” said Stephen C. Head, LSC chancellor. “In addition to being trained in this dynamic industry, students will also be taught employment skills such as resume writing and receive career advising.” The National Center for Construction Education and Research developed the program curriculum. LSC will use grant funds to purchase pipe-threading machines in order to train students with hands-on experience on industry standard equipment. The funds will also help mitigate student expenses by providing instructional supplies such as textbooks, safety glasses, goggles, respirators, earplug and welding caps. Students will be trained to install, assemble, fabricate, maintain, repair and troubleshoot mechanical piping systems carrying fuel, chemicals, water, steam and air in heating, cooling, lubricating, and various other process piping systems. The Wagner-Peyser Grants are federal funds allocated to the Texas Workforce Investment Council to support innovation in work force development with a primary focus on supporting exemplary workforce training projects that lead to job placement, increased wages, and job retention.

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