In Georgia, Albany Technical College students in the diesel equipment technology program can gain new skills, thanks to a recent donation. Georgia company Yancey Brothers gave the college six pieces of equipment, including two Caterpillar engines and a Cummins engine.
The donation benefits both the students and Yancey Brothers. Several diesel students have been interviewed by Yancey associates for potential apprenticeship positions. With the addition of the donated equipment to the program labs, students can train on equipment used by the company.
“We view this relationship as a win for all parties involved – Yancey Brothers, our students, and the community,” said Emmett Griswold, dean of academic affairs for the Carlton Construction Academy.
State Fair Community College plans to serve 60 high school students using a five-year, $257,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound program. High school students in the program get free services and support to complete high school and succeed in college. Students can also earn postsecondary credits while in high school.
Nash Community College will use a $75,000 grant to help students in health sciences programs. It will use the funds for an annual scholarship, faculty development, equipment and software upgrades and student projects.
The grant came from the Nash Health Care Foundation as part of $300,000 awarded to community organizations that work to promote community health within the hospital’s service area.
Florence-Darlington Technical College got a boost for its ReBoost FastTrack program. Duke Energy Foundation recently presented the college with a check for $50,000. The ReBoost program is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) curriculum that allows students to earn stackable certificates after completing a one-semester foundational certificate. With the new funds, low-income students in the program can get help paying for textbooks, curricular aides, uniforms and other fees.
Houston Community College (HCC) received a $586,000 Upward Bound grant from the U.S. Education Department. HCC will use the grant funds to recruit low-income, first-generation ninth and 10th grade students to participate in life skills courses, academic development classes and tutoring, career exploration and development programs, and cultural enrichment activities. Students also receive connections to community resources and transportation services.
Southern West Virginia Community College was presented with a $1,000 check from John Paul Abbot, chair of the Carrie Anne Scott Memorial Scholarship Foundation. During the presentation, Abbott said that his family is proud to support higher education opportunities for local students. The scholarship was established in 2004 by the Scott Family and the Madison Middle School Student Council to celebrate the life of Carrie Anne Scott, who was a teacher and Student Council Sponsor at Madison Middle School.