Funding roundup

A new grant to Johnston Community College supports an apprenticeship program for applied engineering degree and electrical certificate students. In August, the college held a signing day event for the first class of apprentices. (Photo: JCC)

North Carolina’s Johnston Community College (JCC) will use a $198,986 investment from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas to connect students with hands-on training and career development opportunities.

The funding will help to develop and buy equipment for the new Johnston County Apprenticeship Program (JCAP), which will provide on-the-job training at participating companies for applied engineering degree and electrical certificate students. Caterpillar, CMC Electric and Novo Nordisk are the first industries to have registered apprenticeships in the program. JCAP is looking to develop partnerships in other career areas, as well, such as HVAC, welding and machining.


Arkansas State University-Mountain Home’s simulation lab is getting new equipment thanks to a $130,302 grant from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. The equipment includes a SimMan 3G and a female manikin, which will allow health sciences students to get hands-on training.


Peralta Community College District will use a $3 million federal grant to expand and modernize the College of Alameda’s aviation maintenance technology (AMT) training facility. The Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded the grant to help refurbis the current facility.

The project is expected to create 1,109 new jobs and help retain 1,000 positions. The college’s AMT program plays a role in providing qualified aircraft technicians for employers such as United Airlines and Alaska Airlines.


Central Community College is celebrating a $1 million anonymous donation aimed at helping students in the certified nursing assistant (CNA) and nursing programs. The gift, which will be allocated over five years, will fund a full-time CNA instructor and provide financial assistance for CNA and nursing students at Central’s Kearney Center.

“At a time where the need for nurses continues to grow, this donation allows tremendous opportunities for individuals who may not have been able to achieve dreams of becoming a nurse,” said Pamela Bales, associate dean of nursing. “We look forward to educating nurses who have a passion with working with the elderly and a drive to improve management of care in the specialized field of gerontology.”

South Carolina

The South Carolina Technical College System and Duke Energy are partnering to expand training opportunities for in-demand utility line workers. The partnership comes with a $1 million investment from Duke Energy. The state will need at least 500 new line worker every year for the next five years, according to projections from utilities. The South Carolina Technical College Line worker Grant Program will help colleges expand current line worker programs or create new training programs.


Volunteer State Community College’s new nursing program received a $50,000 donation from Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC). Vol State is taking the final steps to gain full approval for the new program and continues to seek support for the startup costs. SRMC is the first hospital in the area to invest in the program.


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Tabitha Whissemore
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