Grants & Gifts
A Summary Listing of Grants and Gifts at Colleges Around the Nation
Drew Ware (left) and Lawrence Peters Austell work on the CFM56-3B1 high-bypass turbofan engine that was donated to GNTC by Southwest Airlines.
Southwest Airlines recently donated a CFM56-3B1 highbypass turbofan aircraft engine worth abouty $100,000 to Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Aviation Training Center to provide students with advanced training in troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining industry-grade aviation equipment. The donation of the engine will further GNTC’s ability to prepare students for a career in the fields of Aviation Maintenance Technology or Avionics Maintenance Technology. “This is our first turbofan engine, a majority of our planes have reciprocating or piston engines,” said Jon Byrd, director of the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program at GNTC. “There are so many different systems that we teach that are on this one engine so we can show students how it all goes together instead of, what we have had up until now, was individual components.” The Aviation Training Center is located at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Rome, Georgia, about 10 miles from the Floyd County Campus of GNTC. According to Byrd, having this turbofan engine will also help to better prepare students to work for the major airlines upon graduation. “All of the major airliners have planes with high-bypass turbofan engines on them,” said Byrd. “So this particular engine, which happens to be a pretty popular model, is used on many different airplanes.” The Aviation Training Center is approximately 31,000 square-feet with five classrooms and eight labs for Aviation Maintenance Technology and Avionics Maintenance Technology. The Center includes a large airframe lab, powerplant lab, five additional Federal Aviation Administration Curriculum labs, and a technical library/reference lab.
For the first time in the college’s 52-year history, the city of Wichita awarded Wichita Area Technical College (Kansas) a Community Services Block Grant for $150,000 to be used to provide training for low-income adults in Sedgwick County, Kansas. The grant dollars will deliver training to income eligible individuals for specific high wage, high demand jobs, provide training, credentials, industry recognized certifications, personalized career coaching by WATC’s Workforce Education and Development department and a guaranteed interview upon completion. Short-term programs include assembly mechanic-sheet metal and composite technology-fabrication and machining technology. College President Sheree Utash said, “This grant allows WATC to better serve those that are unemployed and underemployed in the city of Wichita and Sedgwick County by removing barriers in order to receive training toward a career that will improve their economic prosperity.”
Community College of Denver’s Foundational Skills Institute has been awarded three grants totaling $1,394,788 for ongoing work in providing educational resources for adult learners to earn a high school equivalency diploma, improve English as a second language skills and provide support for students going into certificate and degree programs. The grants are awarded through Colorado Department of Education and include state and federal support. CCD’s Foundational Skills Institute in partnership with the CCD Center for Workforce Initiatives, provides a career pathways college transition program for non-traditional students, who are at least 17 years old to continue their education with the goal of enabling them to discover and get started in a career. The grants also support the FSI accelerated programs to help student’s complete educational goals, obtain certificates and degrees at CCD, and get workplace skills training to help them qualify for jobs in the fields of healthcare (hands-on and administrative), advanced manufacturing, information technology, graphic design, architecture, and others. FSI helps students improve reading, writing and math skills, and the funding helps pay for tuition, books, childcare support, emergency financial needs, and more. Most services within FSI are either free or provided at a reduced cost.
Community College Week welcomes e-mailed listings for the “Grants and Gifts” section. Submissions should be brief and include:
• Dollar amount (or itemization of in-kind contributions) of the grant or gift
• Who/what is giving or granting
• What the gift or grant will be used for
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