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2018 February 12 - 03:45 pm

Grants & Gifts

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

The National Security Agency has awarded Lake Superior College (Minn.) a $240,000 grant in conjunction with the Cybersecurity Workforce Education Initiative. The funds will be used to build a training lab for students which simulates work environments such as healthcare, government, transportation, finance and manufacturing and their specific cybersecurity challenges. Students will complete actual cybersecurity cases that start with a breach and may include forensics, reporting and mitigation. “Cyberattacks are hitting every facet of America’s public and private sectors while becoming much more dangerous and difficult to defend,” said Vickie McLain, LSC computer science faculty member and recognized cybersecurity expert. Students participating in this program will work with data, software and policies similar to what they would find when working in various organizations. In addition, other students will attempt to hack into their organization and steal their data. “Our students need hands-on experience using cybersecurity tools in a real world setting,” said McLain. “It’s difficult for businesses to welcome students for practical experience because of their need to protect the confidentiality of clients and business data.” Lake Superior College is a designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. LSC is the only two-year community and technical college in the Minnesota to earn this designation. Through the Cybersecurity Workforce Education Initiative, the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Program is charged to raise the level of cybersecurity capabilities across the nation. NSA and DHS partner with academic institutions to enhance cybersecurity education nationwide and to develop the next generation of cybersecurity experts.

Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio) has been awarded a federal grant to build on the success of its Upward Bound Math and Science program benefiting Cleveland high school students. The program delivers yearround support to help students from low-income neighborhoods improve math and science scores in preparation for college. Services include tutoring, advising, job-shadowing experiences, college visits and other academic and career assistance.The U.S. Department of Education allocated nearly $264,000 to Tri-C for the program this year, the first in a fiveyear grant cycle. The College launched Upward Bound Math and Science after receiving a federal grant in 2007. Students in the program have excelled over the past decade, with stellar test scores and graduation rates far above the state average.Under the new grant, the program will serve 56 students at four Cleveland Metropolitan School District high schools — Jane Addams, Garrett Morgan, East Technical and Lincoln West — with belowaverage math and science scores.The project will increase opportunities for students to earn college credit in high school by providing connections to dual enrollment programs such as College Credit Plus and Tri-C’s High Tech Academy. Students receive direct services until they graduate from high school. Alumni are tracked and advised for six years or until completion of an associate or bachelor’s degree. Upward Bound Math and Science is a federal TRIO program. The U.S. Department of Education designed the project to help disadvantaged students excel in math and science and encourage careers in those fields.

The family of the late Kay Barnett recently honored his memory and continued his legacy of support for Wallace State Community College (Alabama) by making a donation to establish the Kay Barnett Memorial Scholarship fund. Mr. Barnett passed away March 2, 2017, at the age of 82. He was a longtime support of Wallace State Community College. After retiring from the Navy, he attended the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program at Wallace State. His wife, Selma Barnett, taught at the college; their children and grandchildren have attended Wallace State; and Barnett often attended sporting events at the college whenever he could. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Barnett’s family brought one of his most treasured keepsakes to the check presentation to Wallace State President Vicki Karolewics, a framed Navy Jack, the official U.S. jack of the Navy, bearing the phrase “Don’t Tread on Me.” The flag flew over the U.S. Capitol and on the USS Mullinex, the last vessel on which Barnett served.

Community College Week welcomes e-mailed listings for the “Grants and Gifts” section. Submissions should be brief and include:

• Dollar amount (or itemization of inkind 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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