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2012 April 16 - 12:00 am


  • Summer Bridge is a Central Arizona College program funded by a five-year, $2.7 million Title V Grant from the U.S Department of Education and designed to help students escape the islands of anxiety that come with starting college. Central Arizona College received the grant in October 2011 after completing a competitive application process and demonstrating the success of its previous two Title V grants. The previous Title V grants jointly funded Summer Bridge at the Signal Peak Campus that helped more than 300 students over the last 10 years begin transitioning into college before the start of classes. The latest grant expected to benefit about 3,000 students during its five-year term. Title V Grant-funded projects are designed to promote significant improvements in academic programs, institutional management and fiscal stability of Hispanic-serving academic institutions. The grant will enable CAC to implement a comprehensive, coordinated program dedicated to ensuring that first-year students have the academic skills required to succeed in college. The program includes supplemental instruction and tutoring for students, an orientation program for new students, enhanced cooperation and coordination between departments and intensive academic advising. The Title V Project at CAC also will provide non-native English-speaking students with additional academic support including tutoring, testing and advising.

  • Robert G. Graw Jr., CEO of Righttime Medical Care, has made a personal matching gift contribution of $50,000 to support and assist in the purchase of equipment and technology upgrades for Anne Arundel Community College’s (Md.) Health Professions Simulation Labs. Every dollar raised for the simulation labs benefiting the AACC nursing, emergency medical technician and physician assistant classes will be matched up to the $50,000 figures. Even slightly used or outdated equipment can contribute significantly to the learning experience and is welcomed as a donation. AACC’s nursing students consistently achieve a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN Licensure Exam.

  • Bellingham Technical College (Wash.) has been awarded $455,000 grant for state-of-the art engineering design software from Autodesk, Inc. The donation was for 35 seats of AutoCAD Plant Design Suite Ultimate software with a $13,000 per seat suggested retail value. This cutting edge software allows BTC engineering students to learn the types of skills required by industry piping and structural designers while using the newest technology in software tools. Bellingham-based engineering company Anvil Corporation was instrumental in helping BTC secure this software grant. Joel Harris, Anvil Corporation’s piping technology specialist and a BTC adjunct instructor, initiated the software grant request. BTC’s engineering and survey and mapping programs, currently have more than 75 students enrolled. BTC partners with local and regional industry to address workforce needs in a variety of fields. The college also provides classes, programs and opportunities to assist students in acquiring learning skills necessary for academic and occupational success, and for personal enrichment.
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