Funding roundup

Blue Mountain Community College rodeo received support from the BMCC Rodeo Boosters Association in the form of a $20,000 check for scholarships. (Photo: BMCC)

In Oregon, Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) rodeo student-athletes will benefit from a $20,000 donation from the BMCC Rodeo Boosters Association. The funding will provide scholarships to help those students in their education and with rodeo-related expenses, such as transportation.

The BMCC Rodeo Boosters Association – formerly the Northwest Intercollegiate Rodeo Finals Association – raises funds throughout the year to support BMCC rodeo teams.

“BMCC is so appreciative of the tireless efforts of the BMCC Rodeo Boosters Association to help our rodeo student-athletes in school and in the arena,” BMCC Head Rodeo Coach Shawn Eng said in a release.


Mott Community College received a gift of more than $2.1 million from the Dewaine V. and Jana B. Robinson trust to establish a perpetual trust in their names. Funds from the trust will be available to the college beginning in the fall semester.

“This tremendous gift from the Robinson trust will enable us to provide much-needed support for our students,” said Lennetta Coney, president of the Foundation for Mott Community College.

The Robinsons were Flint natives who believed in giving back to the community.


Rochester Community and Technical College’s Center for Business and Workforce Education, in collaboration with Crenlo Manufacturing, has received a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership  grant totaling $49,485. Crenlo is looking to retain employees. With the funding, RCTC will develop curriculum for an on-the-job training program for Crenlo employees who are looking for job advancement, as well as for incumbent welders to attain advanced welding skills.

“This is a great time to invest in growing our workforce. We want to provide advancement opportunities for our incumbent workforce, and one of the largest growth areas to do this in, is within our welding department,” said Brent Brockman, Crenlo’s director of human resources.

South Carolina

Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) can make improvements to its MIG Welding Laboratory thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. MIG, or metal inert gas welding, is one of the most highly in-demand skillsets in the region. The grant will allow FDTC to replace its older MIG welding machines with new machines similar to those used by regional industry employers.

Florence-Darlington Community College will update its welding lab with a grant from Duke Energy Foundation. (Photo: FDTC)


Piedmont Virginia Community College is using a $5,000 grant from Walmart Community Grants to support its Greene County Early College Scholars Program, which provides scholarships for local high school students to attend PVCC’s Early College Program. High-achieving students get the opportunity to complete an associate degree or general education certificate concurrently with a high school diploma.

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Tabitha Whissemore
Tabitha Whissemore is a contributor to Community College Daily and managing editor of AACC's Community College Journal.