Funding roundup

A Mandel Foundation grant to Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University will help high-achieving students earn their bachelor’s degree. (Photo: Tri-C)

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) students will have a clearer path to Cleveland State University (CSU) and a bachelor’s degree thanks to a $3.5-million grant from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. The funding will create a scholars program to connect high-achieving Tri-C students with CSU’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors College.

Students in the scholars program will receive full-tuition scholarships and stipends. They’ll have an opportunities to participate in summer research workshops and training, and gain a peer mentoring network, as well as dedicated academic advisors.

Tri-C and CSU faculty and advisors will collaborate to help students transition smoothly between institutions. The grant calls for joint curriculum development and enrichment activities to advance studies.

“The Continuing Scholars Program established with this generous gift from the Mandel Foundation builds an environment that promises to bring out the best in some of our brightest students,” Tri-C President Alex Johnson said in a release. “This partnership reflects a steadfast commitment to exceptional academic outcomes for the betterment of the community.”

The first group of Mandel Scholars will transition between the institutions this fall.


Delaware Technical Community College received a $50,000 grant from Walmart to fund career services at three college locations. The grant supports three career services employees. They assist graduates of entry-level training programs with the resources they need to secure a job, such as resume writing, interviewing skills and contacts with employers.


Iowa Lakes Community College’s auto collision repair and paint technology program is grateful for a donation of automotive paint toners from Arnold Motor Supply and PPG Automotive Refinish. The donation is worth about $6,500. The toners will allow students to match paint for almost any vehicle made from the 1960s up to today.


The Detroit Promise got a boost with a $3.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The funding will help thousands of Detroit high school graduates to pursue a college education tuition free. Students can use Detroit Promise scholarships at 22 participating two- and four-year colleges.

New Mexico

Central New Mexico Community College’s (CNM) respiratory therapy program received $500,000 from the program’s former medical director. Diane Klepper served as medical director of CNM’s pulmonary program from 1989 to 2012. Her donation aims to ensure respiratory therapy is available throughout the state, particularly in rural areas.

North Carolina

Davidson County Community College will use a $25,000 Ribbon of Hope grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to support women studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The college’s Females in Math and Science project will provide academic and student support services to increase female students’ enrollment, success and completion in associate of science degree programs.


Collin College will enhance its Convergence Technology Center (CTC) with a nearly $4-million grant from the National Science Foundation. The five-year grant is the sixth Advanced Technology Education grant Collin College has received in the past 20 years.

CTC was founded in 2004 with the University of North Texas and El Centro College. Today, six additional colleges and universities are partnering with Collin College in the national grant renewal: Florida State College at Jacksonville, Fox Valley Technical College, Georgia State University, Lansing Community College, Lone Star College and Sinclair Community College. The partners will develop curriculum to address a shift in information technology caused by the emergence of cloud computing, the “internet of things” and software-defined networks.

This new NSF grant will help in the development of regional hubs with business and industry leadership teams (BILTs). Seven regional IT hubs across the country will be developed, each one serving as a collaboration between high schools, community colleges and universities in close alignment with their individual BILTs.

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Tabitha Whissemore
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