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Funding roundup

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Fletcher Technical Community College is opening a new building in 2013 with the help of a $4 million donation from oil company BP. The state-of-the-art integrated production technologies facility will be located next door to BP's Houma Operations Learning Center and will be used to prepare college and high school students for careers as offshore oil and gas workers.


Crowder College’s expansion plans have been supported with a $50,000 pledge from First Community Bank. The college, which enrolls about 5,000 students, is in the planning stages for a satellite center in nearby McDonald County.

New Jersey

Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will be able to help more low-income students thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant supports MCCC’s Jim and Fannie Floyd Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2010 to honor long-time MCCC Foundation Board member Jim Floyd and his late wife, Fannie.


Bucks County Community College (BCCC) received a $20,000 donation from Customers Bank to expand its offering of educational programs for schoolchildren. BCCC’s Kids on Campus summer day camp and Artmobile traveling museum serve 20,000 K–12 students annually. The donation financially benefits the bank, too. Under Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, companies can get a 75 percent tax credit from the state when donating to a nonprofit scholarship or educational improvement organization.

Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) is expanding youth entrepreneurship initiatives with a $9,000 Coleman Foundation grant. The funding will support a one-to-one mentoring program and a fair in April for youth entrepreneurs. CCBC was one of 11 community colleges awarded this grant.