Funding roundup

Community College of Beaver County was named a top innovative aviation organization and awarded a $25,000 American Airlines flight education grant for its work growing and diversifying the professional pilot population. (Photo: CCBC)

Pennsylvania’s Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) has been selected as one of 10 innovative aviation organizations to receive a $25,000 flight education grant from American Airlines. The grant supports the CCBC Aviation High School Academy.

CCBC will add high-impact, high-tech educational experiences for students in the academy, and it will increase outreach efforts to grow enrollment. The college will focus on reaching populations that are currently underrepresented in the professional pilot population.


Calhoun Community College is closer to a new nursing program on the Huntsville campus, thanks to a $1 million grant presented by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. The college is partnering with Huntsville Hospital on the new program. The grant will assist the hospital in building an on-campus nursing simulation lab.

The lab is the final piece necessary for Calhoun to establish the nursing program. The program could graduate up to 48 additional registered nurses a year beginning in 2020.

“Each year, we have to turn away dozens of very qualified applicants to our nursing program due to space and clinical limitations. This new initiative will now allow us to open up additional spaces in the program as we work toward meeting the area’s nursing shortage,” said Bret McGill, dean of health sciences at Calhoun.


Northern Essex Community College (NECC) was awarded a $10,000 grant for a new early college program. The grant comes from the Massachusetts Boards of Higher Education and Elementary and Secondary Education. NECC is partnering with several area high schools on the program.

The college will provide 11th grade students with core courses in English, psychology, math and science. High school seniors will study computer science, health, engineering or education. Employers also will come to classes, giving students an opportunity to learn about career options.


Edison State Community College’s apprenticeship program has received a $65,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Objectives of the grant include increasing the number of registered apprenticeship work experiences and simplifying the college-based point-of-entry process for employers to engage in registered apprenticeship programs. To meet these objectives, the college has hired a full-time director of apprenticeship and work-based learning.

The Edison State Registered Apprenticeship Program is focused on manufacturing, but the college plans to pursue other industries, including information technology, healthcare and business services.


Linn-Benton Community College’s music program got a boost with a $20,000 gift from an anonymous donor. The donation will help purchase nine electronic keyboards, giving LBCC a piano lab and expanding opportunities for music students.


Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) received a $25,000 gift from Kaysun Corporation of Manitowoc to provide scholarship support for LTC students. The college will use $15,000 of the funding to support the LTC Promising Futures Scholarship Campaign. Launched last fall with a goal of $1 million, the campaign is raising funds to help high school seniors and adult students access financial resources and enroll at LTC.

With the remaining $10,000, the Kaysun Corporation Manufacturing Scholarship has been established. It’s aimed at helping students residing in the county and enrolled in one of the college’s advanced manufacturing programs.

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Tabitha Whissemore
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