Madison College has announced $10 million in contributions from the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation and $1.3 million from the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation to cover costs associated with the first phase of expanding its South Campus. That includes purchasing property, redevelopment of property to include spaces for learning and student support, and the availability of space for community activities. The facility will include instructional programs in STEM- and IT-related fields that will be accessible to high school juniors and seniors, in particular those in the Madison Metropolitan School District.
An Everett Community College (EvCC) instructor will soon have a set of new tools to help his students gain a deeper understanding of the environmental challenges involved in protecting the Puget Sound ecosystem. The Rose Foundation awarded $22,656 to EvCC geography instructor Kerry Lyste to purchase sampling instruments for students to conduct ecological research. The class goes on a weekend field trip each quarter in the Puget Sound to locations such as Orcas Island. The field trips, which will connect students with leaders from Native American tribes in the area, are designed to teach EvCC students about complex geosystems and how scientists map and monitor the dynamics of coastal ecologies.
At Spokane Community College, students in the Skilled Trades Program will benefit from extra support thanks to a $50,0000 grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation. The 11-week pre-apprenticeship program gives students experience in a number of trades before choosing one. The program focuses on providing opportunities for women, minorities and economically disadvantaged individuals to get into trades. The funds will help students with costs for equipment, childcare and transportation.