Funding roundup

Lone Star College-Tomball President Lee Ann Nutt (center) met with Tomball Regional Health Foundation (TRHF) staff and board members. TRHF awarded more than $300,000 to support two LSC-Tomball programs. (Photo: LSC)

In Texas, Lone Star College-Tomball’s (LSC-Tomball’s) lifePATH and nursing programs will benefit from a grant of more than $300,000 from Tomball Regional Health Foundation (TRHF).

Of the funding, $211,775 will support the LSC-Tomball lifePATH program with a $100,000 scholarship endowment and funding for student assessment testing, a wraparound support coach and a processing disorder tutor. The lifePATH program provides educational opportunities for students who have disabilities that affect executive functioning.

TRHF also awarded $100,000 to an endowment to assist nursing students with scholarships.

This new funding brings TRHF’s support of LSC to more than $1.6 million.

California

California’s community colleges are better armed to fight food insecurity thanks to a $500,000 donation to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The donor wishes to remain anonymous. The donation will benefit local on-campus food pantries, with funding distributed to colleges based on financial need as established by Pell Grant eligibility.

“Students working to earn a college degree shouldn’t have to struggle to afford basic resources such as food and housing,” the anonymous donor said in a release. “Food insecurity has been linked to negative impacts on overall student well-being, academic performance and career development. We want to help students through supporting the food pantry program.”

Florida

Tallahassee Community College (TCC) has three new donations to celebrate.

The Harrell and Winsor families each donated $25,000 to the First Class Project Campaign, classroom renovation initiative. TCC launched the initiative in 2016 with a wish list of 50 classrooms that needed sponsors. Donations of $25,000 have been matched by TCC for a total $50,000 renovation.

This is the Harrell family’s second gift to TCC. The initial gift went toward establishing a healthcare scholarship.

“We’re excited to give this donation to the foundation to renovate one of the classrooms for math, which as a CPA, I’m a huge fan of,” said Allison Harrell. “We’ve helped in healthcare now we’re in math so we’re trying to cover all aspects of our family.”

Foy Winsor’s donation will renovate a classroom in engineering. It was made in honor of her late husband, Chet Winsor, who passed away last year. He had earned his doctorate degree in electrical engineering, which was his profession.

TCC also received a $20,000 donation from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation toward scholarships for fire academy students.

Scott and Allison Harrell donated $25,000 to TCC’s First Class Project Campaign. (Photo: TCC)

Mississippi

Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Co-Lin) will use a $20,000 Canadian Railroad grant for beautification projects throughout the campus. The projects include developing a community fruit orchard and landscaping. The Mississippi Urban Forest Council, which wrote the grant, will help with the project, Co-Lin students, employees and community members will participate.

Itawamba Community College’s (ICC’s) precision manufacturing and machining technology program got a boost with a $12,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. The funds will go toward student aid and certifications.

“Not only is it an investment in the program, but it is an investment in the futures of our students,” said Barry Emison, ICC’s dean of career and technical instruction.

North Carolina

Mitchell Community College’s foundation recently awarded John E. Roueche with its 2019 Excellence in Giving and Service Award, and the college received an award from Roueche: a $500,000 commitment toward the John and Suanne Roueche Scholarship Endowment.

Roueche, who is well-known in the higher education world, is a 1958 Mitchell alumnus. In 2014, he and his late wife, Suanne, endowed a scholarship at the college.

Mitchell President Tim Brewer, when presenting the award to Roueche, noted “this gift will bring Dr. Roueche’s scholarship endowment to more than $700,000, and it will change lives for generation after generation of students here at Mitchell Community College.”

Vermont

Community College of Vermont (CCV) received a $50,000 gift from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation as the college prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The funding will provide scholarships for prior learning assessment (PLA) classes. The 50th Anniversary Portfolio Scholarship will target adult students with two or more years of work or military experience.

Washington

Big Bend Community College’s (BBCC’s) Viking Food Pantry will be a little fuller thanks to a $1,000 donation from Sodexo’s Stop Hunger Foundation.

Each quarter, the food pantry distributes between upwards of 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of food to students. The pantry receives a portion of its food through its partnership with the Moses Lake Food Bank. The rest is from donations.

Wisconsin

Lake Technical College will use a $250,000 state grant to expand pre-apprenticeship training through its partnership with the Academy of Construction Technologies (ACT).

The funding will help upgrade the construction program at South Lake High School, create a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) program at Umatilla High School and expand the construction program at Leesburg and Eustis high schools. The schools will become recruitment and training facilities for ACT.

Lake Tech received an additional $260,000 in grants to create a HVAC/R commissioning and service apprenticeship program. It will be available to students who have completed pre-apprenticeship and pathway programs through Lake County Schools, any student completing the HVAC program with Lake Tech and any employee of a partnering HVAC company.

About the Author

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