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2012 April 30 - 12:00 am



  • In an effort to increase student interest and participation in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in Pinal County, Central Arizona College has secured the largest grant in the 42-year history of the institution. The U.S. Department of Education awarded CAC a five-year, $3.3 million Hispanic-Serving Institution-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (HSI-STEM) Grant. The funding from the grant will have a major impact across educational divisions at CAC, including business, math, science, technology and engineering. It also will have an impact throughout most of CAC’s 10 campuses and centers. The grant complements a Title V Grant addressing issues related to developmental education at CAC. The approach by CAC is tantamount to a full-court press as the grant project unleashes a bevy of activities such as enhancing transfer pathways for microbiology and biotechnology, providing supplemental instruction for students and developing summer science camps. Math enrichment and refresher courses, as well as programs such as robotics are on the table. The grant also provides funding to help expand media-capturing technology in science and math classes, as well as pedagogical tools for STEM faculty.

  • Kennebec Valley Community College in Maine has won a $100,000 federal grant to help rural small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy consumption and implement renewable energy technologies. U. S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that KVCC is among 10 recipients of grants being made available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which was authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. The grant will enable the college to provide renewable energy development assistance for at least 140 agricultural producers and rural small businesses across Maine over the next two years.

  • Mesalands Community College (N. M.) announced that Citizens Bank of Tucumcari donated $5,000 to the Mesalands Rodeo Team. Jeff Nunn, president/CEO of Citizens Bank says he wants the to use the donation for recruitment, travel, or to pay for any other expenses to help the team continue their successful season this year. C.J. Aragon, rodeo coach at Mesalands, says this donation from demonstrates the constant support the Rodeo Team receives from the community. Citizens Bank has supported various programs at the college over the years, including the construction of the Dinosaur Museum and as one of the sponsors of the Mesalands Shrimp Boil, from which proceeds go towards scholarships for Mesalands students.
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