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2017 July 21 - 08:18 am

Grants & Gifts

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

Central Carolina Community College has received two new Upward Bound TRiO grants to serve students in Harnett and Lee counties. One of the grants will serve 60 students in Harnett County, and the other grant will serve 60 students in Lee County. Each grant is for about $257,400 per year for five years, making the total amount of new funding received just under $2.6 million over the next five years. The grants are in addition to an already existing Upward Bound Math and Science program, which currently serves 62 students in Harnett County, as well as a Veterans Upward Bound program and two Student Support Services programs. These new grants and new programs will triple the number of low-income and future first-generation college students the college is serving in the local community, going from about 60 to more than 180.

Objectives of the program are to improve academic performance (GPA and standardized test scores), secondary school retention and graduation, completion of rigorous secondary school program of study, postsecondary enrollment, and postsecondary completion. The ultimate goal of the Upward Bound program is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. The Upward Bound program is one of the federal TRiO Programs, which are outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO programs emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty.

The Orange Coast College Foundation has received a gift of $1 million from retired Spanish Professor Mary McChesney. The donation will fund a Foucault Pendulum for the college’s planetarium, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018. McChesney, 91, is making the donation in honor of her late partner, Adelyn Bonin, who passed away in January 2016. Bonin — also a professor who taught German — retired from OCC in 1983 after 24 years of teaching, “I know Lyn would be happy to do this. This is half hers,” says McChesney. “I like to think she sees what we’re doing, and she approves.” OCC’s planetarium will be the first of its kind in Orange County, serving as a premiere science center for both college and grade school students. The facility will include a state-of-the-art theatre and presentation room with a 40- foot dome and theater style seating for 125. Construction on the concrete dome began earlier this summer. The planetarium also will include an exhibit hall featuring a Science on a Sphere National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration display globe, and a Foucault Pendulum. The pendulum — which will be powered by an electromagnet and used to demonstrate the rotation of the earth — will be one of only a few in the state, and will be the only Foucault Pendulum in Orange County. After seeing a brochure detailing plans for the facility, McChesney knew that she wanted to contribute. “When I joined the faculty of Orange Coast College in 1950, I became a part of brother and sister scholars who loved to teach — that was the best decision I ever made,” she says. “The College is now building a planetarium, which will be a center of scientific studies for college students as well as the surrounding community. I have grown old, but my love for this college is very much alive. Here is the promise for an exciting future.”

From left: Suzanne Rohrbaugh, RCC vice president for instructional services; Terry Worrell, superintendent of Asheboro City Schools; Robert Shackleford, RCC president; Mark Sorrells, executive vice president of the Golden LEAF Foundation; Hal Johnson, Randolph County manager; Stephen Gainey, superintendent of Randolph County School System; Julie Pack, director of secondary education for ACS; and Nancy Cross, career and technical education administrator, RCSS.

Educational partners Randolph Community College (N.C.), Randolph County School System, and Asheboro City Schools were recently awarded a $960,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to further advance the Pathways to Prosperity program. Mark Sorrells, executive vice president of the Golden LEAF Foundation, was at RCC’s Martha Luck Comer Conference Center to present a check to Robert Shackleford, RCC president; Stephen Gainey, Randolph County School System superintendent; and Terry Worrell, Asheboro City Schools superintendent. Hal Johnson, Randolph County manager, commented about including the project in the county’s new Strategic Plan completed and approved last year. “Pathways to Prosperity is dealing with a crucial issue,” he said, which is preparing young people for the work force. The project, which will require a 20 percent match ($240,000) from the county, will help fund advanced manufacturing training at area high schools and the community college. The matching funds would come from revenue generated by the leasing of the regional landfill space.

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