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2017 April 15 - 04:34 pm

Grants & Gifts

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

Around 60 Randolph Community College and RCC Foundation leaders, employees, and supporters were present at the naming ceremony of the Martha Luck Comer Conference Center name on April 6 at RCC’s Asheboro Campus. They included RCC Board of Trustees members, RCC Foundation board members, community leaders, and friends and family of Martha Luck Comer Johnson, who was honored for her longtime support of the college and the RCC Foundation. The ceremony was held inside because of inclement weather, but the name mounted on both the front and back of the building was shown through a short video. RCC Board of Trustees Chair Mac Sherrill said he had the privilege of serving with Johnson on the Trustee Board for many years. “She was my mentor,” he said, “A class act…and one who always kept the best interests of the students at heart.” RCC Foundation President Dean Sexton also spoke, thanking Johnson for her continued support of the Foundation through donations that helped with construction of the conference center and supported student scholarships throughout the years. Her combined donations place Johnson in the Foundation’s Platinum Lifetime Membership Club, which honors donors who contribute between $100,000 and $499,999.

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office announced that Long Beach City College was one of 14 recipients of the California College Promise Innovation Grant Program. LBCC will receive $750,000 that will support the Long Beach College Promise. “Long Beach City College is proud to be one of the first recipients of the California College Promise Innovation Grant Program,” said LBCC Acting Superintendent-President Ann- Marie Gabel. “We’re also proud that the Long Beach College Promise was cited as the model for Assembly members (Patrick) O’Donnell and (Freddie) Rodriguez’s legislation. We look forward to using the Innovation Grant money to expand the Long Beach College Promise and assist more students achieve their higher education goal.” The Long Beach College Promise began in 2008 as collaboration between the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach to increase the success of local students in higher education. The City of Long Beach joined the partnership in 2014, with a focus on early education and internships.

The Midlands Technical College (S.C.) Foundation was recently awarded $20,000 by the Flex Foundation to provide tuition assistance for students who wish to enroll in MTC Advanced Manufacturing programs. The Flex Foundation is the grant-making arm of Flex, the Sketch-to- Scale™ solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world. “We are grateful for the generosity of the Flex Foundation,” said MTC President Ronald L. Rhames. “Providing skilled employees for new and expanding businesses and industries is such a vital part of growing the economy, and improving the quality of life in the Midlands. The Flex Foundation is helping MTC expand access to more students who need these important skills.” MTC named a classroom in its new Advanced Manufacturing and Skilled Crafts Center after the Flex Foundation in appreciation for the gift. Less than a year ago Midlands Technical College opened its 34,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing and Skilled Crafts Center. The center is the home to many of MTC’s programs that prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing and skilled crafts, such as Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Mechanics, Industrial Electricity, Industrial Maintenance, and Mechatronics. MTC invested $5.35 million in the building and equipment to better train a sustainable pipeline of technical talent to meet local industries’ skilled workforce needs. The needs of the manufacturing industry in the Midlands and the state are growing. In the past five years, South Carolina has increased manufacturing jobs by 5.1 percent, outpacing the overall gain in the United States of 3.3 percent. There are more than 5,000 manufacturing businesses in the state. To keep up with the growing manufacturing industry, MTC has received state and private support for equipment and scholarship money to grow participation in its manufacturing and skilled crafts programs. Scholarships are available for many of MTC’s programs that support the manufacturing sector. The funds from the Flex Foundation will cover the financial gap often experienced by socio-economically disadvantaged students.

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