Funding roundup

Students in Miami Dade College's MAGIC program have reason to be animated: they will have more scholarship opportunities thanks to a donation from Univision Communications. (Photo: MDC)

Florida’s Miami Dade College will use a $50,000 donation from Univision Communications Inc. to provide scholarships for students in the Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) program. Univision and MDC also are collaborating on a fellowship and internship program for MAGIC students, who will gain access to expanded resources, tools and guidance from media professionals at UCI.

Kansas

Cloud County Community College’s agriculture program got a boost with a $100,000 grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. The college will build a new agriculture facility on the Concordia campus. The facility will help Cloud meet the needs of its growing enrollment in the agriculture program, by providing space for the precision ag equipment and livestock. It will also allow for community and business outreach opportunities.

The college previously secured a $100,000 grant from the Kansas City-based Sunderland Foundation this year, as well as $30,000 in additional funds for the new building.

New York

Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) will help pre-doctoral students using a $283,938 grant from the National Science Foundation. SCCC will use the funding for a five-year project to provide underrepresented pre-doctoral scholars from Stony Brook University with mentoring, professional development training and teaching skills. Participants will gain the skills through “microteaching” and mentoring with SCCC science, technology, engineering and math faculty. Farmingdale State College also is a partner on the project.

The goal is to develop, implement, study, institutionalize, evaluate and disseminate a model focused on career development for underrepresented minority doctoral degree or post-doctoral training scholars in STEM who can transition into early career STEM faculty positions at predominately undergraduate institutions.

North Carolina

Durham Technical Community College has received a $50,000 grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to create the Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr. Library Endowment. Wynn was Durham Tech’s president for 27 years, and was the first African-American community college president in North Carolina. He passed away in July 2018.

Upon his retirement from the college in 2007, Wynn established the Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr. Collection at the Durham Tech library. When selecting new materials, library staff refers to a list of topics that Wynn provided, which aim to promote cultural awareness, tolerance, diversity, environment conservation and sustainability and peace.

Wilson Community College (WCC) students will benefit from a $50,000 scholarship endowment from the local DelMastro family. The family has been long-time supporters of WCC, starting with Salvatore DelMastro, who was a founding father of the college. This latest donation comes the estate of Paul Nicholas DelMastro — Salvatore’s nephew — who died July 7.

Wisconsin

Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), along with the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Bradley Technology and Trade High School, received a $46,000 Southwest Airlines grant for the Expanding Milwaukee’s Aviation Pipeline project. The three partners will work to align existing programs and expand enrollment in MATC’s aviation program to increase the number of workforce-ready candidates.

The collaboration will establish a pipeline for MATC’s aviation technician program, starting with outreach activities at Bradley Tech. Students will participate in field experiences, such as a tour of Mitchell International Airport and two recruitment events at MATC.

“We are creating a pipeline for high school students to take college-level aviation courses through MATC and connect to an in-demand, high-paying career more quickly,” said MATC President Vicki J. Martin. “Through the support of the Southwest Airlines Foundation, our expert instructors will be providing hands-on learning experiences for students who may not have otherwise known about these career opportunities in our region.”

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Tabitha Whissemore
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