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MentorLinks grants for technician education

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If you have an idea for improving technician education but are not sure how to proceed, MentorLinks may be just what you need to launch your plans.

The MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program provides guidance to selected colleges through community college experts, as well $20,000 each to assist with their plans. The application deadline is June 23.

MentorLinks is a mentoring program the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) developed with support from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education program. Over the past decade, MentorLinks has built a strong track record of helping 33 community colleges start or enhance programs in advanced technology fields such as biotechnology, energy and cybersecurity.

Up to 10 community colleges will be selected this summer to receive help from an experienced community college mentor. AACC chooses mentors in a separate process and pairs them with colleges based on the colleges' needs and mentors' expertise.

The grant period runs from Oct. 1, 2011–Oct. 31, 2013. The request for proposals and more information is available at www.aacc.nche.edu/MentorLinks.

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