Funding roundup

Biotechnology students at Ohio's Lakeland Community College will benefit from a new state grant to the college. (Photo: Lakeland)

Lakeland Community College’s biotechnology science program got a boost with an $80,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The funds will support 16 biotechnology science students for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Choose Ohio First scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees up to $5,000 for biotechnology science students who do not receive full federal Pell grants.

Florida

Tallahassee Community College (TCC) has received more than $66,000 in gifts. Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare donated $10,000 to the college’s 4th annual Clever and Cork fundraiser. The Moore Agency also is sponsoring the event and donated $25,000.

The newly appointed chancellor of the Florida College System, Kathy Hebda, presented $31,334 to TCC from the Florida College System Foundation. The foundation donation includes a $12,203 contribution from Florida Blue for nursing and allied health scholarships, $13,650 from Helios Education Foundation and $5,481 from Bank of America for first-generation scholarships.

Maryland

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) can better help area entrepreneurs thanks to a recent $7,300 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. The college will build the Entrepreneurship Eco-System Map, an interactive, online catalog and guide for small businesses and entrepreneurs to share success stories and lessons learned, as well as to locate financial, marketing and conceptual support. The map also will link them to state and federal guidelines and grants.

Last year, the Maryland Department of Commerce funded CSM to develop a web-based search engine – Southern Maryland Innovates – in conjunction with local and state economic development directors and non-profit economic development groups. That was the first step toward creating an entrepreneurship resource map. The Dominion grant will help take that to the next level.

Minnesota

St. Paul College will use a $300,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust to support adult learners. The college’s Make It Count program helps first-time adult learners seeking certificates, diplomas or associate degrees. The program covers the cost of tuition and fees for up to 60 credits, for a maximum of three years.

“We were attracted to the Make it Count program because it has been successful in reaching underserved adults who have the desire to go to college but lack the financial means to do so,” said Charlotte Johnson, co-CEO and trustee of the Otto Bremer Trust. “A college degree can help set graduates up for success and lead them to become active participants in society.”

South Carolina

Greenville Technical College received a $12,000 grant from the Bosch Community Foundation to provide scholarships for high school students enrolled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses. More than 1,300 high school students took advantage of dual enrollment during the fall semester.

“The dual-enrollment program has demonstrated benefits in increasing educational outcomes,” said Ann Wright, vice president for advancement with the Greenville Tech Foundation. “This support from the Bosch Community Foundation is an investment in our young people and their career pathways. Our mission is to transform lives through education, and with Bosch’s help, we are able to do just that.”

Wisconsin

Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) was awarded a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Education grant to lead an open textbook pilot project. The goal of the project is to reduce textbook costs for nursing students. CVTC will work closely with Gateway, Northeast Wisconsin and Madison Area Technical Colleges to implement the open textbooks and also provide access to the materials for use by other higher education institutions. The project could lead to an average cost savings of almost $700 per nursing student.

Funding also will be used to develop virtual reality centers that will help students gain the skills and abilities needed for the nursing workforce.

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