Funding roundup

Members of Coconino Community College and S.E.E.4Vets cut the ribbon on the newly remodeled Veterans Center. (Photo: CCC)

Arizona’s Coconino Community College will provide veterans with additional tutoring and financial services as a result of a $10,000 grant Support Education and Employment for Vets. The intent is to bring the tutoring services to veterans in the college’s newly remodeled Veterans Center. About $4,000 of the funds are set aside to help veterans pay fees associated with their education.

California

Moreno Valley College (MVC) will continue its Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program thanks to a five-year, $1.3-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The college works with Vista del Lago High School students in exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The program serves up to 62 students annually.

In the past, UBMS scholars have participated in the Nanotechnology Institute at University of California, Santa Barbara, completed internships, satisfactorily completed college courses during the summer, toured the General Atomics Fusion Laboratory and visited colleges and universities. More than 90 percent have enrolled in a postsecondary program after graduating high school.

“UBMS goes beyond simply telling students about college; it partners with scholars and their families to navigate the journey,” said Micki Clowney, director of TRIO at MVC.

Illinois

Lewis and Clark Community College’s truck driver training program has a new addition: a tank trailer donated by Werts Welding and Tank Service, Inc.

Lewis and Clark Community College receives a donated tank trailer from Werts Welding & Tank Service, Inc. (Photo: Laura Inlow, L&C Media Services)

The 1989 Heil 9,200-gallon tank trailer is valued at $18,000.

“This donation is our way of assuring Lewis and Clark has the equipment needed to help the entire industry in our region,” said Dwight Werts, president and CEO of Werts Welding and a member of the college’s board of trustees.

New Jersey

Atlantic Cape Community College received a $2,500 donation from Lou Altobelli, owner of Rio Auto Body of Rio Grande. It was the fifth and final installment of a $12,500 pledge to Create Opportunity—The Capital & Scholarship Campaign for Atlantic Cape.

The Rio Auto Body Scholarship is presented annually to a second-year student majoring in business.

Tennessee

Cleveland State Community College received a $26,000 donation from Southeast Bank. The funds will go toward annual scholarships.

Virginia

Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) will expand its workforce training programs after receiving a $306,748 Workforce Credential Grant (WCG) Capacity Building Grant from the state. The college will create solar and craft brewing programs.

“Alternative energy, particularly solar energy, is a rapidly growing industry in our service region,” Valerie Palamountain, the college’s dean of workforce services, said in a release. She added that the craft brewing industry also “is exploding, not only in Charlottesville, but throughout Virginia.”

There also are plans to expand the commercial vehicle driver’s license and small unmanned aerial systems training programs. An estimated 259 students will be trained through the initiative.

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