Funding roundup

The Rocky Mountain Education Center at Red Rocks Community College, using a U.S. Labor Department grant, will help employers train their workers to prevent injuries from falls on construction sites. (Photo: RRCC)

In Colorado, Red Rocks Community College’s Rocky Mountain Education Center (RMEC) will work to create safer workers using a $155,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Susan Harwood Grant Program. The grant funds a one-day experiential training program to support those tasked with training their workers in how to prevent injuries from falls on construction sites.

“Falls in construction continue to lead the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting for injuries and deaths on the job,” RMEC Executive Director Joan Smith said in a release.

RMEC will develop the curriculum in both English and Spanish. RMEC, in partnership with the North Dakota Safety Council, will offer the training at no cost to construction companies in Colorado, Utah, Montana, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Texas and Arkansas.


Cuesta College and Porterville College each received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve and expand the academic offerings for Latino students through the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant program. The goals of the grants are to: improve student enrollment and transition from credit basic skills into credit transfer pathways; increase academic success of online distance education students; develop and implement a new teacher preparation degree designed to increase transfer to university teacher preparation program; and strengthen institutional capacity to enhance the skills and abilities of faculty and staff to better serve and instruct Hispanic and underprepared students.


Madisonville Community College is closer to launching a lineman training program after receiving nearly $181,000 from the Delta Regional Authority. The program will allow utility companies to recruit from the regional workforce, particularly targeting displaced coal miners, and high school graduates who do not intend to pursue a postsecondary credential.


Northwest State Community College’s (NSCC) efforts to improve student success got a boost with a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Education Department. The funding enables NSCC to create and develop an advising center team, including a director, professional advisors and an administrative support individual.

“Building a pathway to student success, from application to graduation and career opportunities, remains a top priority for us,” NSCC President Tom Stuckey said in a release.

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Tabitha Whissemore
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