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​Highland Brewing Founder Oscar Wong (left) and Lee McElrath of PSNC Energy tour the facilities of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College's Craft Brewing Institute, which received a grant from Duke Energy.

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North Carolina

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s (A-B Tech) Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast will expand using a $195,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds allow A-B Tech to purchase a seven-barrel brewhouse, a distillation system, wine making system and sensory lab.

The institute will provide entry- and enterprise-level training, business development and quality-control testing in the craft beverage industry sectors of brewing, distillation, viticulture and natural products.

“We also expect there to be a craft beverage ‘bloom’ effect that spills into other related industries, including hospitality and ecotourism, value-added foods, agriculture, sustainability and other beverage-related sectors,” said Scott Adams, director of the institute.

Florida

Valencia College will use a $50,000 grant from the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association to upgrade equipment for its hospitality program. Valencia will refurbish a classroom with smart technology, equip the classroom with new furniture and set up a beverage lab, which will provide refrigeration equipment for wine tastings to teach budding hoteliers and restaurateurs about wine.

Oregon

Portland Community College’s (PCC) Oregon Metro Connects All Students to College Consortium will prepare more students for college thanks to a $445,000 grant from the Oregon Education Investment Board and the Oregon Department of Education. PCC leads the consortium, which comprises Mt. Hood Community College, Portland State University and several school districts.

With the funds, the consortium aims to certify an additional 65 teachers to teach dual-credit math and college success courses for the 2014–15 school year; increase professional development opportunities; enable 2,200 high school students to earn dual credit in math and college success offerings; and add approximately 6,400 dual credits for high schoolers.

Texas

Austin Community College (ACC) will add more scholarships for nursing students after receiving a $1 million donation from Kinnser Software. The scholarships will cover tuition, fees and program expenses for 400 nursing students through 2027.

“Nursing is the fastest-growing, most-secure career field in America, and the need for nurses will only grow as baby boomers age,” said Kinnser President and Found Chris Hester, who created the Kinnser Scholars Program at ACC with a $225,000 gift in 2011.

Virginia

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education received $45,000 from AT&T in support of the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. The program helps underserved students in rural Virginia complete high school and pursue an advanced education.

“With one in four Virginians across parts of the state’s rural crescent having less than a high school education, preparing them for the jobs of the future is of paramount importance,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

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