Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) has received a $400,000 grant from Bank of America. “Partnering with institutions that support economic progress through jobs, training and commerce is one way we support long-term sustainable growth in our community,” said Carolyn Rainey, president of Bank of America Charlottesville. Riley Whitaker started Gadsden State Community College’s athletics department in 1966 with the men’s basketball, baseball and golf programs, and he also was the coach for those sports. Now, Whitaker, who died in 2013, is being honored with a scholarship at Gadsden State. In addition to a donation, funds for the endowment came from donations made in Whitaker’s memory after he passed away in 2013. “Gadsden State meant a lot to him, and it means a lot to me,” said Marie Whitaker, his wife.
Río Hondo College’s (RHC’s) Reaching Institutionalized Students through Education (RISE) Scholars program will use a $460,000 grant to provide counseling, peer tutoring, mentoring and other services. The grant will allow Rio Hondo to serve an additional 30 students and to provide more community outreach to probation and parole officers, in-custody programs and other community-based organizations, said Cecilia Rocha, the college’s assistant dean of student equity and RISE Scholars. “Some of our nursing programs have hundreds of applicants that are turned away because classes are full. Bronx Community College (BCC) – part of the City University of New York (CUNY) – has received an $11,000 U. Professors Neal Phillip and Paramita Sen will use the funding to travel to three states in India to install solar-powered automatic weather stations that will also help to monitor air quality and soil moisture. The trip to India is an opportunity for curriculum exchange through meetings with academic institutions.
“With this grant, BCC has become a global force on climate change and academic exchange,” said BCC President Thomas Isekenegbe. The Seattle Maritime Academy (SMA), run by the Seattle Colleges, will continue to operate thanks to a $1 million grant from the city. Part of the funding will help Seattle Colleges cover the academy’s operation costs for the next academic year. “Keeping these programs operating will increase access to training for young people looking for high-paying, skilled jobs in the maritime industry — jobs that offer stable employment and a good career pathway,” said Councilmember Tammy Morales, who secured the funding. Through a $100,000 grant from the Johnson Controls Community College Partnership Program, North Seattle College will expand its associate degree and certificate programs in electronics. In addition to the initial investment from Johnson Controls, the college is eligible for up to three years of renewed funding, allowing the program to expand and serve more students.
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