Funding roundup

Janice Phillips Larrick at Butler County Community College's nursing simulation lab, which was dedicated in her name.

Nursing students at Pennsylvania’s Butler County Community College’s will get more real-life experience thanks to a $50,000 donation from the Victor K. Phillips and Janice Phillips Larrick Family Charitable Foundation. The funds will help the college create a realistic hospital room within a simulation lab.

The registered nursing program already is competitive, accepting only 70 of its 200 applicants a year. Each semester, students use the simulation lab in the college’s Business and Health Professions building. The Larrick Family Charitable Foundation’s gift will continue the lab’s change from a former storage area to a simulated hospital room. As of March 1, the lab is now known as the Janice Phillips Larrick Nursing Lab.

Alabama

Wallace State Community College’s Evelyn Burrow Museum was awarded a $2,000 grant by the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. The grant will help to promote exhibitions and tourism in the region.

Florida

Palm Beach State College’s machining technology students will benefit from a $20,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. The funds will provide scholarships for students in the program. This is the second award that the college has received since 2015 from the California-based foundation. So far, 10 students have received scholarships.

Massachusetts

Bristol Community College (BCC) received $4.4 million in capital grants from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) to help expand the life sciences workforce pipeline. The college has plans upgrade its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) laboratories, adding a cleanroom training simulator to provide educational opportunities in the bio-manufacturing process. It’ll be used for training BCC students and incumbent workers.

BCC’s life sciences program is less than a year old, but already has 146 students enrolled in classes.

Texas

San Jacinto College (SJC) has received a $200,000 pledge from LBC Tank Terminals Houston in support of student scholarships, program equipment and facilities support. The partnership between SJC and LBC Tank Terminals is valued at much more, though — approximately $4.3 million. This total includes scholarships, program equipment and facilities support, site development in the form of prep work for facility expansion, additional parking and docking, and a 16-acre wetlands area improvement plan. The company also is offering internships for SJC students, job placement and instructor support for the maritime and industrial technology trades programs.

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Tabitha Whissemore
is a contributor to Community College Daily and managing editor of AACC's Community College Journal.