Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) and the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges (FCCC) were awarded $250,000 by the GE Johnson Construction Company Community Foundation to help create a pipeline of workers for the local construction industry.
“This partnership with the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges and the Pikes Peak Community College Foundation, most importantly, supports the community college network and the construction industry through skilled trades scholarships for the Pikes Peak Region and rural community colleges,” GE Johnson CEO Jim Johnson said in a release.
PPCC will receive $170,000 to develop a degree and certificate program and provide scholarships in building and construction technology.
FCCC will receive $80,000. Of that, $10,000 will go toward strategic initiatives. The foundation will divide the other $70,000 among seven rural colleges: Colorado Northwestern Community College, Lamar Community College, Morgan Community College, Northeastern Junior College, Otero Junior College, Pueblo Community College and Trinidad State Community College.
Durham Technical Community College (DTCC) is the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the General Consulate of Mexico in Raleigh. The grant will fund scholarships to Mexican students and to students of Mexican descent. This is the second award the Consulate has granted the college in recent years.
“These students have to overcome so many obstacles in order to get an education and this funding helps them where they need it most,” said Constanza Gómez-Joines, assistant vice president and executive director of DTCC’s Center for the Global Learner.
“The gift will help the college provide state-of-the-art, hands-on training that inspires more students of all ages to pursue aviation careers,” CCBC President Chris Reber said in a release.
Midlands Technical College’s (MTC) Mechatronics Laboratory is getting an upgrade thanks to a $35,000 donation from Michelin North America. The college will use the funds to purchase new equipment, including a robot for simulations.
“If we as a company expect highly competent employees, it’s important that we support programs that provide advanced technical training,” Mike Williams, facility personnel manager at Michelin’s US5 Lexington plant, said in a release.
In recognition of the donation, MTC has named the laboratory the Michelin North America Mechatronics Laboratory.