Grants & Gifts
Florida SouthWestern State Foundation received a $25,000 cash donation to support equipment purchases for the college’s emergency medical service technology program. That gift was recently unveiled in the form of an ambulance based on the FSW Collier Campus for training emergency medical technician and paramedic students. “The donor of this generous gift wishes to remain anonymous, but understands the importance of training the professionals we need right here,” said Lou Traina, FSW vice president, institutional advancement. “The majority of our graduates stay here, using their professional skills to the benefit of us all.” Said Joe Washburn, program director, emergency services programs: “This ambulance means that our EMTs and paramedics can have hands-on experience with treating and then transporting patients in an ambulance. They graduate with not only the classroom knowledge they need, but also the hands-on experience that makes them instrumental in saving lives in our community.”
Broward College (Florida) is the recipient of three U.S. Department of Education TRIO Upward Bound grants. The grants will help support activities and provide financial incentives for students to participate in enrichment programs at three high-poverty, low-performing high schools. The awards, totaling $3.9 million over five years, will support a total of 180 students each year at Deerfield Beach High School, McArthur High School, and South Broward High School. Upward Bound is one of eight federal grants in a collective program known as the Federal TRIO programs, which identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO helps lowincome individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. Upward Bound alumni include actress Viola Davis, NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing and Oprah Winfrey. The TRIO grant will offer students career exploration, advising, college and FASFA application guidance, course and program mapping, and more. Selected freshman, sophomore and juniors also will participate in a six-week summer institute. In addition, there will be an eight-week JumpStart program provided for high school graduates. Upward Bound is the second TRIO grant awarded to Broward College.
Central Carolina Community College has been awarded $12,000 from The RPM Foundation to fund scholarships in Automotive Restoration. In the CCCC Automotive Restoration program, students get extensive hands-on training in metal and plastic body restoration, wood and steel component fabrication, automotive engines and drive trains, painting and refinishing, automobile upholstery, electrical systems, and welding. Graduates can earn either a diploma or certificate in automotive restoration. RPM Foundation is an education grantmaking program of America’s Automotive Trust. It is funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth and young adults on their pathways to careers in automotive/marine restoration and preservation along with the long-term interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat communities. Students successfully completing the CCCC Automotive Restoration program will be able to:
• Recognize the major techno logical systems of the automobile.
• Explain authentic antique automobile restoration materials, methods, and techniques.
• Identify historical automotive research material sources, methods, and techniques necessary to complete and document historically accurate automotive restoration.
• Use materials and tools necessary to complete authentic automobile restoration work.
• Demonstrate the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to pursue a successful business career in antique automobile restoration.
• Recognize the historical role of the automobile in modern society.
• Identify related and supporting scientific fields.