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Funding roundup

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Central Arizona College (CAC) has secured a five-year, $3.3-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant—the largest the college has received—will assist CAC in increasing student interest and participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The college will focus its efforts on helping Hispanic and low-income STEM students.

CAC will create seven full-time positions and assemble a team of 16 peer academic mentors and leaders as the college launches a number of activities such as enhancing transfer pathways for microbiology and biotechnology, and developing summer science camps. The grant also allows for professional development opportunities as well as pedagogical tools for STEM faculty. Nearly 6,000 students in STEM classes and degree programs will be served as a result of the grant project.


Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) received a $3,000 grant from the Winneshiek County Community Foundation for the college’s Adult Literacy Student Support Fund. The fund supports low-income residents participating in GED programs or English for speakers of other languages classes. Howard County Community Foundation supported a similar fund with a $500 grant to NICC.


Blackfeet Community College is improving lab experiences with $10,000 worth of equipment from Vernier Software and Technology. The new equipment, which includes light and motion sensors, will allow faculty to incorporate technology into chemistry and physics labs. Vernier also paid for faculty training on the new equipment.