Funding roundup

Dana Bourland, Moraine Park Technical College's director of college advancement, accepts a check from Follett, presented by Aaron Bladorn, Follett multi-store manager. (Photo: Moraine Park)

Wisconsin’s Moraine Park Technical College has received a $50,000 donation from long-time partner Follett. The funding is unrestricted, so the college can use it to help students not only pay tuition but also cover personal emergencies that limit their ability to continue attending classes.

“Follett’s yearly donation to the Moraine Park Foundation focuses on empowering students through scholarships and various other financial support initiatives. We are thrilled to have an amazing partnership with Moraine Park, and we look forward to helping drive student success for years to come,” said Aaron Bladorn, Follett multi-store manager.


South Arkansas Community College has received a $242,313 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and implement the Hands-On Technician Training (HOTT) project. HOTT allows students to complete a shared-core, one-semester certificate that prepares them for an entry-level technician job. There also are opportunities to progress toward an associate degree in either industrial technology or process technology.

With the funding, the college will redesign three core advanced manufacturing courses offered in a hybrid online-traditional classroom format. The courses will incorporate industry-driven, competency-based learning outcomes and integrate open labs with industry-specified hands-on activities and assessments.


Kishwaukee College can support more students thanks to a $10,000 contribution from the Rood Family of Shabbona. The donation establishes the William & Emiline Rood Family Scholarship Fund, which will provide financial help to full-time incoming or currently enrolled agriculture students or to students who have graduated from two local high schools.


North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) received its first National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. It will use its $300,000 Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant to embed new robotics technology into its manufacturing programs. NIACC also will introduce and test a new National Coalition of Certifications Centers (NC3) credential in robotics fundamentals as part of the project. The plan will embed a newly developed NC3 stackable credential into a new robotics course to enhance middle-skilled industrial technician education.

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