Funding roundup

San Bernardino Valley College’s Veterans Resource Center will expand thanks to a new grant. The center aims to provide a welcoming environment for veterans entering or returning to college. (Photo: SBVC)

California’s San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) will use a grant of nearly $200,000 to enhance and expand services of its Veterans Resource Center (VRC). The grant comes from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.

SBVC will purchase a new, ADA-friendly mobile cart, laptops and wireless access points, update the center’s front-line check-in area and replace worn flags, banners and emblems.

“The Veterans Resource Center at San Bernardino Valley College serves as a valuable resource and service hub for our student veterans and their families,” SBVC President Diana Z. Rodriguez said.

Also in California, Ohlone College has received a $500,000 grant from the Fremont Bank Foundation to support three new academic buildings under construction. The buildings include the science center, arts building and learning commons. The funding will help provide state-of-the-art technology, lab equipment and furnishings. In honor of the gift, an area of the fourth floor of the learning commons will be named The Fremont Bank Collaboration Center.

North Carolina

Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Opportunity Scholarship initiative got a boost with a $1 million pledge from the Gambrell Foundation of Charlotte. The scholarships will provide for the full cost of earning a two-year associate degree, including tuition, books and fees.

All Gambrell scholarship recipients will receive laptop computers and participate in Central Piedmont’s Summer Bridge academic enrichment program. They also will have access to a full-time academic advisor/career coach to help with course selection, internships and career placement or moving on to further education.

“So many of the young people in our community just need an opportunity, and with a little assistance, they can go on to do great things that will benefit their families and transform our community,” CPCC President Kandi Deitemeyer said in a release.

Washington

North Seattle College and South Seattle College have received $4.3 million in U.S. Department of Education grants to increase retention, completion and transfer rates for all students. The funds will enable the Seattle College District to build on its efforts to move toward a guided pathway model that’s centered on equity. The colleges can hire a Title III grant director, provide faculty stipends, technology needs, data analysis and additional resources and staff.

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Tabitha Whissemore
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