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Foundation doles out $144k in campus grants

Aug 21, 2020

The RCC Foundation Board of Directors has funded $144,300 in campus grants for the 2020-2021 academic year.

A majority of the 15 grants help students academically.

One of the largest awards was $24,000 for Workforce Development Scholarships. Students taking non-credit courses are not eligible for federal financial aid. The Eagle Train and Gain Scholarship was developed for students in nine healthcare programs, four computer technology programs, and detention officer training.

Another $10,000 was awarded for Workforce Development training, to help with tuition, supplies, and certification/licensing costs for students in short-term training programs that lead to third-party credentials.

And $7,000 was earmarked for welding students to obtain industry-recognized, third-party credentials. This benefits students working toward their diploma or certificate, and those taking specific welding courses.

The Business Technologies Department received $7,000 to financially help students in obtaining their credentials upon completing programs such as Accounting and Finance, Business Administration, Information Technology, and Medical Office Administration.

An award of $12,000 went to the Career and College Promise program. Scholarships will help CCP students with fees for Welding or Machining or other lab classes, and to help pay for textbooks and supplies for homeschool, charter school and private school students in the CCP program. In addition, RCC’s career coaches who work on high school campuses will receive branded polo shirts and professional development training.

The RCC Foundation received $12,000 for student aid grants, the Academic Resource Center now has an extra $11,000 for its peer tutors, and the Ambassador program received $10,000 for its members.

The Human Resources Development program, which assists unemployed and underemployed job seekers through classes and workshops, received $4,000 to help pay for testing fees and software for the National Career Readiness Certification.

The College and Career Readiness program received $1,000 for 50 GED testing vouchers, $2,000 FOR 132 HiSet testing vouchers, and $1,000 split between two scholarships for one graduate of each program, to use for a Continuing Education or degree program.

Other areas of the College also received grants.

The largest of the grants was $25,000 for Intercollegiate Athletics, to help with team and equipment supplies, annual membership in the National Junior College Athletic Association, game officials, an athletic trainer, other services, and property insurance.

The annual Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Staff Service awards will be funded with a $3,000 grant.

The Wellness Committee landed $2,000 to promote good health for RCC employees through activities and incentives.

The President’s Fund received $13,300, to be used when the College hosts various groups to discuss business, or for employee events.

The grant applications were reviewed and prioritized by the Campus Advisory Committee, and reviewed by the RCC Foundation executive director. They were then reviewed by RCC President Dr. Mark Kinlaw, who added his recommendations of the amounts to fund for each one. The RCC Foundation Board of Directors then unanimously approved the recommendations.


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