Funding roundup

Riverland Community College President Adenuga Atewologun accepts the keys to a snowplow from MnDOT District Engineer Jeff Vlaminck.

In Minnesota, Riverland Community College’s truck driving program just got a new addition. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) donated a snowplow to the college to give students an opportunity to train on equipment used in the field. MnDOT also will work with the college to help students learn about careers at the agency.

“One of Riverland’s key strategies has been to build strong partnerships with businesses, industries and agencies that employ our students,” Riverland President Adenuga Atewologun said in a release. “We shape our training around the needs in our state and region. This donation and partnership is a prime example of two organizations working together to provide best in class training and better employment for students that graduate from our program.”

Colorado

Aims Community College secured a $1.6-million job training grant as part of the statewide Recover Colorado Workforce Training Program. The grant came from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The college will use the funds to provide customized and on-the-job training to companies from Weld County that were affected by the natural disasters of 2013, when record rainfall caused major flooding.

“The Recover Colorado grant program provides a wonderful opportunity for our community to work collaboratively across public and private sectors to support increased access to workforce training in areas affected by and still recovering from the natural disasters of 2013,” said Deb Kish, vice president of academic affairs at Aims.

Kentucky

Hopkinsville Community College students will benefit from a $10,000 gift from the Gene Haas Foundation. The funding will go toward scholarships for students in the computerized manufacturing and machining program.

Ohio

A new wheelchair was one of the purchases Washington State Community College made for its physical therapy assistant program.

Washington State Community College (WSCC) is making good use of a grant to boost its physical therapy assistant (PTA) program. An anonymous donor earlier this year gave the college $1,000 for improvements to the program. New, more modern clinical training items were purchased for classroom, including a much-needed wheelchair.

“Many people think that to make an impactful gift to a college that it needs to be a very large gift, but in reality, every contribution – regardless of the size – impacts the lives of our students,” Dyani Stengel, director of WSCC’s PTA program, said in a release.

Texas

Texas State Technical College will help more students pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math thanks to a $100,000 donation from Mike and Kelly Ann Hernandez. The donation will be applied to the college’s Texans Success Scholarship. The college matches all donations to this campaign.

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