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2012 May 28 - 12:00 am



  • The Howard Charitable Foundation has granted $305,500 to the MiraCosta College Foundation to assist student veterans with transition from military to college and civilian life. The grant provides funds to augment student veteran counseling services, administer loans and emergency grants to veteran students, and provide limited funding for the college’s Veteran’s Information Center. In the past five years, MiraCosta College (Calif.) has experienced a 75 percent increase in veteran enrollment and anticipates serving even more veteran students over the next three years. Currently, the college serves approximately 1,140 active duty military and veterans, and an additional 680 military dependents. Across California, veterans are turning to community colleges like MiraCosta College to assist with the transition back to civilian life. Mario Clay, who was based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton with multiple deployments to Iraq during Operation Freedom, transitioned out of the military several years ago and enrolled at MiraCosta College in 2009 as a business major. While at MiraCosta College, he served as vice president of the Veterans Club, coordinating events for veterans to get together on campus and in the community. After the new Veteran’s Information Center was built on campus, Clay worked there helping service members who just came out of the military to navigate the college.

  • The Nursing Education Program at Gadsden State Community College (Ala.) has been notified by the Department of Postsecondary Education that $21,625 in grant funding has been awarded to the program through the State Workforce Development Council. The funds will be used for the purpose of integrating health information technology electronic documentation into the licensed registered nursing and practical nursing programs to prepare students for real-world experiences that can be utilized in today’s workforce. Currently, many health care systems are converting paper documentation to electronic medical records. Nursing personnel will play an important role in the success of these computerized systems and the effects of electronic documentation on patient care. The importance of health information technology in the training of future health care employees is essential to workforce development. Nursing is identified as a high-demand occupation and provides a skilled and stable workforce for many regional industries and employers.

  • Steve and Raeanne Presley have donated $15,000 to purchase naming rights for the first classroom in the new Ozarks Technical Community College Table Rock Campus in Missouri. The Presleys are a prominent family in Branson, Mo. Raeanne Presley is the mayor of the city and a member of the OTC Foundation Board. Steve and other family members perform in Branson at the Presleys’ Country Jubilee. When the Presleys builtBranson’s first music theatre in 1967,the family laid the foundation that would help Branson become the live music show capital of the world. Construction on the new OTC facility has been ongoing for many months. The building will house offices and classrooms on the first two floors and the third floor will be for future expansion. The building is expected to be ready in the fall of next year. Citizens in the Hollister School District voted to join the Ozarks Technical Community College district in April 2010. Among other community benefits, joining the OTC district allows Hollister residents to pay the in-district tuition at the college.
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