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Funding roundup


Tony Mannino, owner of Mannino’s Market, prepares for  the large crowd at St. Charles Community College’s “Rhythm and Ribs” fundraiser, which brought in $43,000.


St. Charles Community College raised $43,000 with “Rhythm and Ribs,” a community gathering to support a sustainable future for the college. The theme of the event was “Eat, Drink, Rock…for Education!” More than 1,100 people attended to listen to live music and sample food from local restaurants. This was the second year for the event, and attendance grew by 10 percent.


Hartnell Community College received $900,000 from the National Science Foundation to fund the Salinas Valley Consortium for sustainable energy, education and research. The college’s Center for Advanced Technology will conduct the research, which is intended to help engineers and technicians address the problems of efficient energy with a minimal carbon footprint. Other institutions involved in the consortia are the University of California, Santa Cruz, the Naval Postgraduate School, NASA Ames Research Center, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and two local high schools.


Metropolitan Community College (MCC) will be part of a South Omaha redevelopment project funded with an $835,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant received from theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Omaha Brownfields Coalition, which includes MCC and several community organizations and is headed by the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, will address area brownfields, which often contain hazardous substances that could prevent investment or redevelopment. The grant will also allow for health screenings to determine if there are links between brownfields and health concerns of residents, such as asthma and higher blood-lead levels.

North Carolina

Randolph Community College will expand job training services to area residents with a $25,000 grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation’s Ribbon of Hope program. RCC will provide adult basic education and general education development skills needed for entry-level positions in HVAC/industrial maintenance and office/clerical fields. The college will use the funds for student scholarships and curriculum development.